Goofy Neck Stare

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Something about the way this Tricolored Heron was staring at me with its neck bent all strange amused me. The little wispy feathers hanging off the back of the head of this juvenile also added to the silly look to me. I was in my float blind and slowly moving around in a non-tidal shallow pool in the marsh. There were many Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets, Forsters Terns, Black Skimmers and a mix of gulls all actively feeding in this pool. It was some incredible action and although it was pretty late in the morning just after 8am I still managed to get a few keeper photos when the light direction was just right. It helped that the marsh grasses and blue sky blended together for a nice colorul gradient. For a change I wish I was able to get a higher perspective instead of looking up at the bird but it was so close that I couldn't adjust the height of my camera without scaring it off.

• Location: Southern New Jersey marsh

• Exposure: 1/5000 @ f/4

• ISO: 200

• Exposure Mode: Manual

• 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.