Sunrise Hover

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I was lucky to catch this Least Tern hovering over a shallow non-tidal pool just after sunrise. The entire sky was washed in orange. This small bird was really far away from me but when I saw it hovering there in the clear open sky but I was able to include the water it was hovering over I thought it really showed off the habitat. Even with the bird that small it still stood out nicely and I really liked the wing position and the tiny feet sticking out. I would have loved to catch the bird hitting the water but it didn't dive down there and didn't stay in this spot very long at all before it was off searching other areas for food.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/3200 @ f/4

• ISO: 400 - 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.