Indigo Bunting on Thorns

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I've somehow managed to spend a lot of time standing in fields filled with thorny branches and vines recently. It's been painful at times but it's worth it when I'm able to get photos like this. There were two seperate Indigo Bunting males set up on territories on opposite sides of this field and I struggled quite a bit to get any good shots of them. They are very skittish and any time they would drop into the field anywhere near me if I couldn't get a clear view and tried to move to do that, they would always fly back up into the nearby trees. It was such a game of cat and mouse as I tried to quietely move around and find any opening in the dense brush to get a clear view of these brilliantly blue colored birds. It didn't help that I was constantly getting tangled in the thorns or getting my monopod stuff on some tall grass. In the end I managed to succeed in getting a few shots I was happy with and this is one of them with that tunnel of vegetation look that I love to try and get.

• Location: Vineland, New Jersey

• 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.