Yellowthroat on Milkweed

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For nostalgia I visited Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge recently. I think it's a great spot for birding but generally speaking I don't like it for most of the photography I do. It was nice to see it again, it's a beautiful place and thankfully I had some overcast skies so I was able to work with some of the songbirds that reside along the edges of the main road that goes around the refuge. These Common Yellowthroats were, as their name suggests, quite common along the drive and this one was hanging out right around a big group of Milkweed plants. I spent some time waiting in the area and he finally came up to the top of one of the flowers and gave me this nice pose. The light was near perfect and thankfully I had a nice marsh grass green background.

• Location: Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

• Exposure: 1/640 @ f/4 +1EV

• 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.