Spring Ovenbird

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I always struggle to photograph this species. I have had only a couple of decent opportunities with them in the past few years. They always seem to be out of reach, under cover, or up high in the trees singing out loud whenever I encounter them. Finally on this outing I came across a couple of cooperative birds. I was much more north of where I usually photograph them and the forest was much more open and rocky so maybe it was just the change of habitat that lent to better opportunities but whatever it was, I was happy to have the chance to spend some time with them. One was really showing off his orange crown, which I'll share in the future. This bird came down onto this rock and was bouncing around a good bit and finally settled on this spot which I really liked because of the bright green leaves in the frame that went right over top of the bird. I always enjoy including a good bit of spring foliage in my photos and this was no exception.

• Location: Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey

• Date Taken: May 1, 2019

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

• ISO: 400 - 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.