Clapper Rail in Soft Grasses

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I spent a morning with my good friend specifically trying for this elusive species. I hear Clapper Rails way more than I ever see them but on this morning we saw plenty of them. They were walking all around us as we laid still along the edge of the marsh grasses. This one popped out in an area we didn't expect. I saw it hit this opening and immediately knew it would be a gorgeous photo with the tall soft looking grasses. The rail stayed just long enough for me to get a few frames and I really liked the pose on this one. This is just my style of photo where I can include a lot of habitat in the image and the soft overcast light worked really well also.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marshes

• Exposure: 1/250 @ f/4

• ISO: 900 - 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.