Friendly Blackburnian

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This was from my 5th visit with this bird this season. I can't stay away from him and his partner this year as I've never seen such a cooperative warbler, let alone one so brilliant looking as the Blackburnian Warbler. Unlike most birds of this species this particular bird seems to really like foraging on the ground. He does incredibly well with it also, picking up all sorts of insect while he bounces around the ground. Since he loves hanging out so low he ends up on some incredible stumps and textured perches. Thie one has so much great character to the perch with the moss and lichen combo and thanks to the overcast skies the smooth green background really makes his vibrant orange stand out well. This was likely my last visit since it's a 3 hour drive one way but every single time it's been worth it to spend a few hours just watching this bird do its thing right in front of you.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap

• 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.