Bobolink and Thistle

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I spent a couple mornings standing in the middle of this wide open field trying to photograph these rather unique songbirds. This male Bobolink popped up and landed on top of the Thistle plants which made for a decent perch. There were also a lot of milkweed plants in this field and I'm pretty sure that is what the out of focus foreground purple colors are. I left this composition really wide to show off the habitat these birds make their summer home. The best part of working with them for some time is getting to listen to their really odd mechanical sounding calls. If you have never heard it before it's worth seeking them out.

• Location: Elkton, Maryland

• Date Taken: 6/22/2018

• Exposure: 1/320 @ f/4

• ISO: 2500 - 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.