Loggerhead Shrike Dance

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I really enjoy photographing Loggerhead Shrikes when in Florida. They are such great looking and badass little birds. The problem with photographing them is they are almost always found on a fence post or wire, it's just the nature of their habitat and those man made perches often work well for them. This one particular location however I can very often get them on natural perches, it's been one of the only places I've been able to do so and this outing was no exception. I was running another workshop and we ended up at this spot rather late in the morning so the sun was really strong. It worked great however when this Shrike landed with the sun behind it on this single small branch. The branch was really flimsy and it was getting windy so the bird was struggling to stay perched, which created a lot of this flapping action. It worked out awesome for us as we got this really fun series of this beautiful bird flapping in the wind with the glowing sun on its wings and a clean background withe the wide open brown field.

  • Location: Sebastian, Florida

  • Date Taken: 01/26/2019

  • 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.