Blackburnian and Columbine

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I was so happy to stumle upon one of the most cooperative Blackburnian Warblers I've ever crossed paths with. Not that they are a bird I've seen often. I think I've only seen maybe 5 or 6 in my entire life, but every one I've seen has been almost always high in a tree and if they did come lower it was for a very brief time. For this photo I did things I little differently by hiking up into it's habitat. I worked my way up high on the side of this mountain where I was looking eye level at a lot of smaller Hemlock trees growing in the area and about mid-height on the larger Hemlock. This bird was eagerly feeing in those Hemlocks right in front of me and then would occasionally go on the ground and forage around for food there where at times it walked about 2-3 feet from me as I sat on the ground. Seeing such an amazing looking bird so close was something pretty special and I was happy that I had my close focusing setup with me. Because of the hike I didn't feel like lugging my heavy gear up the mountain but that turned out to be an advantage with such a cooperative bird that didn't mind my prescence one bit. The bonus Columbine flowers growing on the side of the mountain added a great touch to the scene that I really enjoyed.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

• Date Taken: May 6, 2019

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/5.6

• ISO: 2000 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 420mm

• Lens: Nikon 300mm f/4 PF VR + 1.4x TCIII

• 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.