Sandpiper on Mud Island

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This was my second visit to this spot and this time I was prepared. When I first saw the location I saw these little islands of mud with shorebirds working on them and figured I'd go lay down on them and wait for the birds. Well I went wading through some nasty water to get to the mud and when I stepped on it I realized it was not in fact a muddy bit of land, but a floating mass of mud and plants. My foot went right through on the first step! So I quickly abandoned that plan and figured I'd come back and try again with my floating blind. That turned out to be a great method (other than the mosquitoes) and I was all set up in the water before sunrise. As the sun came up the birds arrived and I was able to capture this little Least Sandpiper as it walked along the floating mud islands picking off insects and other aquatic bugs. The light on this summer morning was just right and I managed to get the bird as it was between the tiny green grasses growing on these islands. It was a very unique habitat and one I plan on visiting again next summer.

• Location: Whitesbog in Central New Jersey

• Date Taken: 8/15/2018

• Exposure: 1/400 @ f/4

• ISO: 280 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• 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.