Capturing More Shorebirds

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The Carolina tidal flats offer wonderful opportunities to photograph shorebirds. In this video, expert wildlife photographer Doug Gardner ventures onto the slimy pluff mud to capture images of short-billed dowitchers, black bellied plovers, sandpipers, terns, and more. Rich in decaying crustaceans, pluff mud is an ideal environment for birds to feed on. Doug is able to get close to the birds because they are nesting and tolerant of the quiet intrusion. With a long telephoto lens, he shoots at a high shutter speed at f5.6 to blur the background, making his subject appear 3-dimensional in the frame. Crawl into the pluff mud with Doug Gardner for amazing images of shorebirds.

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