Feeding Dunlin

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My first shorebird outing of the season resulted in some photos I was really happy with. I have always loved how beautiful Dunline look in their breeding colors. They are one of my top two favorite looking shorebirds and it was so nice to finally have some incredibly close encounters with them in just about perfect golden morning sunlight. My friend and I spent the morning laying in some incredibly nasty mud and dealing with way too many gnats but it was well worth it once I saw these photos on my screen. This bird walked right into where I was laying and began feeding and it was pretty funny when it got some of this grass stuck in with its food and had to shake it free. I always love shooting this location because of the beautiful green backgrounds you can achieve thanks to the marsh grasses. It's a very differnt vibe than the beaches and one that I like a little more.

• Location: Southern New Jersey Shore

• Exposure: 1/1600 @ f/4

• ISO: 400

• 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.