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The title is because I've struggled to get an image I'm really happy with of the Yellow-throated Warbler for two years now. From the first time I saw this incredible species down in Florida one winter, I've been wanting to capture a great photo of one. Last year I made out pretty decent, getting some shots I was mostly happy with but not anything I loved. This year I put in a lot of time trying to find more than a few breeding pairs and was succesful in finding about 10 different locations in southern New Jersey to photograph them. This was one of the last pairs I found when I just randomly stopped down a dirt road while out scouting for an upcoming workshop. This bird was incredibly cooperative and gave me some incredible looks. There wasn't much for perches in the area as it had recently had a controlled burn. This large pine branch that was somewhat charred stood out in an open area and the warbler was kind enough to search around the branches for insect. Right before this photo it caught a large moth, which I didn't get any good photos of unfortunately. Then the bird worked its way up to the top of this pine branch and sang out. It was near minimum focus and I was thrilled when it moved out onto the pine cone for one last song before flying off.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Date Taken: April 21, 2019

• Exposure: 1/320 @ f/4

• ISO: 400 - 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.