Dowitcher Pulling a Worm

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I was set up just to get a silhouette of this Short-billed Dowitcher as it walked in front of the sun reflecting off the water near sunset. It was still pretty bright and so I would focus on the bird before it walked into the sun and then once it walked that way I just started taking photos. I could barely see the bird through the viewfinder it was so damn bright and I could certainly not see what it was doing. I knew I had a nice silhouetted pose on this photo but I had no idea I got it pulling a worm until I got home and saw the photo on the computer. It was a pleasant surprise and really made all that near blinding hard work laying in the water worth it to get a bit of a different shot like this.

• Location: Central New Jersey Bays

• Exposure: 1/8000 @ 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.