Blackburnian Peek

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A male Blackburnian Warbler peeks out of a Hemlock tree. I had a lot of great warbler experiences this past spring but this bird was certainly one of the tops. The fact that I shot this with my 300mm and 1.4x TC on a full frame camera and didn't have to crop it tells the story of this bird. To find such a great bird that was so cooperative was part hard work and part luck. I visted this bird many times over the season and was able to bring many of my workshop attendees up to see and photograph it as well. I really hope he returns next year so I can enjoy more time with him.

• Location: northern New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/5.6

• ISO: 1100 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 420mm

• Lens: Nikon 300mm f/4 PF + 1.4x TC

• 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.