Saltmarsh Sparrow and a Shell

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These Saltmarsh Sparrows were running all over the marsh and sand in this area at low tide. The light was really starting to get nice and I had found this small shell laying nearby. Before laying down to photograph the birds I stuck the shell into the sand next to a bit of marsh grass that the birds seemed to love to hang around with the hope that one might come out near the shell. Sure enough this bird came out as the group of them were chasing each other around and paused for just long enough for me to get this shot. I quickly focused on the bird then composed it just a touch lower in the frame and got this photo. These sparrows are quite hilarious as they run around like little mice on the sand and I really liked this standing tall pose I got from this beautiful little Saltmarsh Sparrow.

• Location: Central New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/1250 @ f/5.6

• ISO: 200

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• Focal Length: 420mm

• Lens: Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR + 1.4x TC

• Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.