Blackburnian on Moss

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This specific bird has been one of my favorites this year. I've visited him and his mate on 3 occasions now and every time he still manages to impress me. During my first encounter I didn't think I'd ever get better photos of a Blackburnian Warbler. I was wrong. On this outing my friend and I spent a long time hanging out in its territory, watching it feed almost non-stop, occasionally disappearing only to return a short bit later. I was standing up when it landed on this incredibly beautiful mossy perch and I took a bunch of photos. Since he stayed put for a while I then dropped my perspective to get the bright green background of the distant trees and that really made the shot for me. All the vibrant green and texture with such a striking warbler standing right on it is one of my favorites of the season.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/500 @ 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.