Eastern Phoebe on Mullein

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I went to this location hoping to photograph American Goldfinch in the field of Thistle. While they were there they weren't very cooperative. While standing around I noticed these Eastern Phoebes being very active in the rain and landing on all the dead and tall Mullein stalks. They would perch in a spot for a minute or two and then launch out to grab an insect, or be chased off by another Phoebe. While just a photo of the bird itself sitting on this dead brown stalk wasn't too pretty I quickly realized it was a great setup to play with tons of composition variations. This was one of my favorites because of all the foreground blur I was able to include by getting up close and personal with some plants. If you view this large on my website you can also see the fine rain that was falling all morning, a nice added element to the shot.

• Location: southern New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/250 @ 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.