Ground Blackburnian

Click to view full screen

I think this was my favorite bird of the season. And I don't mean Blackburnian Warblers in general, I mean this specific Blackburnian. This was my 5th visit to this bird, which required a 3 hour one way drive and quite the hike and climb to get to the top of this mountain where it lived. Every single time I went however it was just as amazing if not more than the previous time. This bird was so unique in that he seemed to enjoy and do really well with foraging for food on the ground, which is a very uncommon behavior for this species from what I understand. The bird also exhibited no fear of people and would consistantly land in trees or even on the ground less than 5 feet from you. It was so incredible to see such a spectacular looking bird in such close proximity. I will always remember the time I got to spend with this bird and I'm thankful I was able to share the experience with a lot of great clients this year, many of whom this was their first time ever seeing the species. I had a friend tell me I should name the bird since I was the one who found him and the bird put on a show for everyone for the entire season. I haven't figured out a name yet but I know I will probably never forget this bird.

• Location: Delaware Water Gap, New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4 -1/3EV

• ISO: 2200 - 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.