Juvenile Tricolored Heron

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Sometimes even when the light is far from ideal I end up liking a shot anyway. Normally I wouldn't be even out shooting when the light was this strong but I came upon a massive group of wading birds all feeding in a shallow pool and decided it was worth trying to photograph them. Specifically these Tricolored Herons looked really nice to me. I was in my float blind and still found it tough to get close to them, there were very alert and if I moved too quickly they would fly away. I really took my time with this one and was able to get really close. I also liked how my really low perspective in the water gave me a great out of focus green grass blur that helped to isolate the bird as it stood tall checking me out. Also those scraggly head feathers are just so funny blowing in the wind, not quite the elegant plumes of the adult, but one day they will be.

• 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.