Tiny Saltmarsh Sparrow

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One of the most fun sparrow species I've ever worked with are these Saltmarsh Sparrows. Very similar in habitat to the Seaside Sparrows I've photographed for years, these birds have been way more difficult for me to both find and photograph. Once I found this location however it all changed. This group of birds have been unbelievably cooperative and every time I've worked with them I've been able to get a good variety of photos. For this one the sparrow paused for just a moment by this tall bit of grass and while I initially photographed it horizontally I then realized I wanted the entire clump of grass in the shot, I quickly rotated vertically and was able to compose more what I wanted to include more of the habitat these species live in.

• Location: Central New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/1250 @ f/4

• ISO: 200 - 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.