Arriving Migrants

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This was the first American Redstart I found this year. My friend and I were out looking for Hooded Warblers when across a busy street I thought I heard an American Redstart calling. We were unable to see or confirm it over the loud traffic and figured maybe I was wrong. Then less then a minute of driving away from the busy road I heard it again, this time there was no mistake, it was a Redstart. We stopped the car, got out and started searching. We found this lovely male and worked with him for a little while before heading off on our way. I really liked the lichen texture of this perch with the splashes of bright green leaves. I have a portrait that is nearly filling the frame when it flew in really close at one point, but I liked this overall scene a litlte more.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Date Taken: April 22, 2019

• Exposure: 1/320 @ f/4

• ISO: 1800 - 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.