Kentucky Warbler Nest

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The culmination of my warbler season ended with something I never expected to happen, I found my first warbler nest!!! After having spent likely over 20 hours watching the behavior of the adult Kentucky Warblers in this area I finally realized where they were headed over and over again and so I went back one day by myself and quietly snuck into that area that I had not been yet. It took less then 15 minutes for me to see exactly where the pair were flying to feed their young and then I had it zeroed in and I set myself up and waited. Over a period of about an hour I set in one spot and watched each adult fly into the nest with a beak full of food and drop it off for the hungry chicks. Over and over again they returned and fed, they didn't mind my presence at all as long as I stayed seated and low behind much of the low brush. To my surprise at this moment they both dropped in at the same time and I was able to capture this moment with both adults and one of the chicks bright red beaks open and begging for food. It was such an incredible experience to witness this intimate family moment of these birds that I had spend the past 2-3 weeks photographing the adults and pretty much a perfect way to wrap up my warbler season.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/250 @ f/4

• ISO: 1800 - 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.