Blackburnian Warbler Portrait

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For the previous two years I've managed to find and photograph these striking Blackburnian Warblers. I don't see them often but when I do I'm always amazed at how bright that orange color is. What I'm used to with this species is seeing them up high and rarely coming low if only for a minute. This bird however showed an entirely different behavior and had no problem feeding in the Hemlock trees right next to where I was standing. I think the difference was how I climbed up high on this mountain to get more into his habitat. Whatever the case was this bird was so incredibly cooperative I have a lot of great photos of him. This was one where he walked out on a branch right in front of me. Thankfully I had my close focusing setup with me at the time, if not he would have been way too close for me to even take a photo.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

• Date Taken: May 6, 2019

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/5.6 -1/3EV

• ISO: 1250 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 420mm

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

• 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.