Kentucky Warbler

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This species was high on my list of warblers to find and photograph this year. I have wanted to see one for a few years now and have come up empty every time I searched. This year I finally found one on a rainy dreary morning. The forecast had called for light rain but it was far from that. The heavy rain made it hard to see and hear in the forest but thanks to a loudly calling Louisiana Waterthrush I stopped at one spot to see if I could see that bird and next thing I heard was the Kentucky calling! I couldn't believe it, I finally had one to spend some time with. I settled in and played the waiting game. A little more than 3 hours later and this was the best shot I was able to come up with but I'm happy to have seen a clear view at all. I'll likely head back to the area to try my luck again at photographing this notoriously hard to see bird.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Date Taken: May 13, 2019

• Exposure: 1/250 @ f/4

• ISO: 1000 - 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.