The Mossy Perch

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My favorite Prothonotary Warbler photo this year is this fun pose the male gave me when he dropped in and landed on this lovely textured mossy perch. It was completely clear and sunny on this morning but thanks to the dense Mountain Laurel in the background it gave me complete shade and the smooth green background you see here. It was so neat to see him so close like this as he bounced around the moss for a bit before moving on. I've come across 5 different Prothonotary Warblers this spring and this was by far the most cooperative of the bunch. It was also great to watch the female he was with gathering nesting material, which was really late in the season, hopefully they are successful in raising some young this year.

• Location: southern New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4 -2/3EV

• ISO: 1100 - 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.