Kentucky Warbler Singing Loudly

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This Kentucky Warbler dropped in really close on this perch and immediately sang out incredibly loud. The lighting was perfect from the overhead opening in the trees and the overcast skies. It created a soft spotlight from above that shone down like this perch was a stage. With the bird tipping its head back to sing it looked right up into the light which was ideal. I really like how this species loves to drop its wings when it sings. Many warbler species do this in agitation and when being defensive but this species, or at least this bird seemed to drop his wings nearly every time he sang. It was as though he was giving it all he had! I also really liked the framing of the little leaves on either side of him and that bit of water reflecting off the left most leaf. It's those little details that make the shot for me sometimes.

• Location: Southern New Jersey

• Exposure: 1/320 @ f/4

• ISO: 1600 - 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.