Alert Tricolored Heron Portrait

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I wasn't expecting a Tricolored Heron to show up at the pool I was in on this morning. I was there for Black Skimmers when this beautiful bird flew in and landed right next to me. The first shoot I took scared the bird from my shutter sound and it flew about 10 feet away. Thankfully it stayed there just long enough for me to manuever around in my float blind and position myself for the dark tree background in the distance. The sun had just risen mere moments before so the light was pretty much perfect. I really liked how it was positioned right in that clump of bright green marsh grass and because of how low angle I was shooting all the foreground grasses were entirely out of focus. All of a sudden it lifted up the white crest feathers on its head and the light wind caught them and blew them straight up in the air like this, I was so lucky that happened.

• Location: Southern New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4 -2/3EV

• ISO: 640 - 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.