Swamp Parula

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My friend and I spent this morning sitting in the middle of a swamp hoping for some photos of a Prothonotary Warbler. While we didn't get the shots we were hoping for with that species, this Northern Parula was more than happy to provide a few photo opportunities. This swamp is full of amazing mossy and textured perches like this one. The Parula had initially landed at the bottom but quickly worked its way to the top and began to sing out his loud song. The background was rather dull but that helped to make the bird's lovely coloration really stand out. It's such a unique location to shoot and not easily accessed by others because it requires the use of waders to get quite literally in the swamp. It's always worth it for photos like this one.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Date Taken: May 2, 1019

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

• ISO: 2800 - 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.