Feeding Dunlin at Sunrise

Click to view full screen

My first shorebird outing this season was really fun to flex the creativity muscles again. For the past two months I've been in warbler mode which admittedly is a bit less creative as far as lighting and composition. Warbler don't tend to be in one specific spot for any length of time which means you tend to take what you can get as far as grabbing the shot when they hit the right perch. Shorebirds however tend to be much more numerous and also feed in specific areas for quite some time. This allows a few things that aid in creative photography, namely composition. Secondly and unlike my warbler photography, I love photographing shorebirds in the sun. Having a sunny day allows for my favorite type of lighting which is backlight like you see here. I really liked how this shot gave the soft out of focus indication of the marsh grasses in the background which help to give some sense of the habitat this Dunlin was feeding in. I'll be turning my attention mainly to shorebirds in the coming weeks and hopefully I'll find even more ways to get really creative with them this year.

• Location: Southern New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

• ISO: 200

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• 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.