Clapper Rail in the Marsh

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It took a while for one of the many Clapper Rails to finally walk into this area with pretty grasses in the foreground and background. They love being in the open at this location and it takes some time for them to wander into really photogenic spots with good backgrounds and foregrounds. Patience is key with this species and I generally walk to the area and just lay down for an hour or two and wait for them to walk out towards me. Sometimes they walk really close and at times even too close to photograph, which is kinda fun to see them so close. They aren't the most beautiful of birds in the marsh but I do enjoy working with them since they are so hidden most of the time.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/800 @ f/4

• ISO: 1100 - 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.