I know I've shared a lot of this species recently but I can't help myself, they are just so beautiful. I've really taken advantage of finding such a cooperative bird since I know that alone is a rare thing to find. This particular bird seems to enjoy foraging on or near the ground which puts him at or below eye level. This is the complete opposite of what I'm used to with the species and accounts for my many visits to this location. Hopefully it will return next year to the same spot but you never know how these things will go. In any case I'm really happy with this portrait in the wide open with a clean background and a lovely textured and mossy perch. The light on this day was superb as we had nice overcast skies and at this point it had finally stopped raining.
• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey
• Exposure: 1/400 @ f/4.5
• ISO: 450 - auto
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 500mm
• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR
• Camera: Nikon D4s