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Ray Hennessy
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Nature photographer in my spare time, wedding photographer for a living, Photoshopper since forever.
Nature photographer in my spare time, wedding photographer for a living, Photoshopper since forever.

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Yellowlegs at Dawn ~ Sometimes the lighting really works out just right. On this calm quiet morning with a light fog hanging just over the water a Lesser Yellowlegs wades through the shallows as the first rays of morning light shine on it. The sunlight had not yet reached the background so it created this almost spotlight effect that lit up the bird and almost nothing else. The Yellowlegs was really far away from me but I thought it still stood out nicely against the cool blue water and background. Taken at Whitesbog, central New Jersey. ~ 9/4/17 - 1/200 sec at f/4.0 on Aperture priority ~ ISO200 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #nj #jersey #lesseryellowlegs #scenic #early #morning #fog #calm
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Sandstorm Chick ~ During the evening I spent with an American Oystercatcher family there were many times when the wind would kick up and create small sand storms just over the surface. This photo of a tiny chick was during one of those gusts of wind and the sand blew all around the bird. I had the ability to use my left hand to slightly shield my eye from the blowing sand while shooting with my right hand. I don't know how these birds take all that blowing sand but they seemed to do it with no issues at all as this little one was still scurrying along the beach. The setting sun provided a wonderful glow on the bird and the sand and I am glad I was set up for backlight since I think that helped to show off the sand more. I wish the little chick wasn't angled away from me so much, but I still liked the image since it showed off the windy conditions that day. Taken at Nickerson Beach on Long Island, New York. ~ 6/2/17 - 1/5000 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO200 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #ny #americanoystercatcher #babybird #birdchick #sandstorm #backlight #beach
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Sandstorm Chick ~ During the evening I spent with an American Oystercatcher family there were many times when the wind would kick up and create small sand storms just over the surface. This photo of a tiny chick was during one of those gusts of wind and the sand blew all around the bird. I had the ability to use my left hand to slightly shield my eye from the blowing sand while shooting with my right hand. I don't know how these birds take all that blowing sand but they seemed to do it with no issues at all as this little one was still scurrying along the beach. The setting sun provided a wonderful glow on the bird and the sand and I am glad I was set up for backlight since I think that helped to show off the sand more. I wish the little chick wasn't angled away from me so much, but I still liked the image since it showed off the windy conditions that day. Taken at Nickerson Beach on Long Island, New York. ~ 6/2/17 - 1/5000 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO200 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share.
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Pectoral Portrait ~ After laying along the shoreline of a mud flat for roughly 1 hour this handsome Pectoral Sandpiper came walking right near me. This was my first time at this location and I love the different setting for shorebirds. I was getting tired of the beach sand and blue water/sky background so seeing a shorebird in the grass with all the green around it was a welcome change. This bird stopped at the top of a small hill and stretched out tall to get a better look at me. It was the perfect spot for a portrait with a clean background. Although these birds are not quite as flashy as some of the other shorebird species I think they have a great look about them and as with most shorebirds I enjoy their detailed plumage. Taken at Whitesbog in central New Jersey. ~ 9/4/17 - 1/1250 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO200 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #nj #jersey #pectoralsandpiper #sandpiper
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Egret and Pickerel ~ I made my first visit to a new location this morning and it was so much fun. In addition to a bunch of cooperative small shorebirds a couple of Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons kept us company. My friend and I got to watch the egret stalking in the shallows glowing in the morning sun. I was hoping to catch the egret or heron fishing so when this one started walking right into the backlight I stayed on it. When it struck out for the fish it happened so fast I wasn't totally ready but I quicky framed it up and acquired focus and started shooting during the action. This was the last frame before the Great Egret completely turned away from me but it also is the image that shows the Pickerel the best with its long body curling around. I really enjoyed how the backlight made the splash really stand out and made the bird's wings glow. It didn't take long for the egret to swallow the fish down and start hunting again. Overall it was a perfect morning with great birds, great photos, great company and ideal weather. Taken at Whitesbog in central New Jersey. ~ 9/4/17 - 1/5000 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO200 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #nj #jersey #greategret #fish #fishingbird #action
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Belted Kingfisher with Fish ~ I was really hoping this Belted Kingfisher would be back with another family this year but that was not to be the case. I spent a lot of time photographing him last year along with his mate and 2 young. This year however I haven't seen him around which is a real bummer. These birds are incredibly tough to photograph but watching them catch fish is always impressive. These birds seem to have such character and I really enjoyed the countless hours in a blind watching them last year. Hopefully he will return again in the near future so I can enjoy more time with him again. Taken in southern New Jersey. ~ 6/17/16 - 1/640 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO400 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #nj #jersey #beltedkingfisher #fish #perched #summer
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Seaside Gradient ~ This background is one of the main reasons I choose to shoot at this location every year. The many Seaside Sparrows are the other reason. These curious and fun sparrows are very abundant and though it doesn't happen often, when they perch up on a high stalk of marsh grass the background turns into an incredibly soft gradient that fades from the green grasses to the blue sky. When the background is quite literally a mile or more away it's easy to make it look this way. I took this photo while leading a workshop to photograph these wonderful birds and I think everyone came away with great photos. This bird stayed up on this piece of grass for quite a while, giving everyone a good chance to photograph it. Taken at Thompson's Beach in southern New Jersey. ~ 8/20/17 - 1/1250 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO400 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #nj #jersey #seasidesparrow #marshbird #marsh #sparrow
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Skimmer Takeoff ~ I love how you can see the water drops everywhere as well as the wet sand lifting up from the beach as this Black Skimmer takes to the sky. I was hanging out with a colony of these wonderful birds on this morning as the early sun was shining on the beach. A big group of them had gathered right at the water's edge to bathe. Over and over again a bird would splash around in the shallows then shake off on land and take off to fly around. After watching this behavior a dozen times it was easy to predict what would happen and when they would take off so I could be ready to capture that. This Skimmer easily fit in the frame as it stood on the beach but as soon as it spread those long wings I ended up clipping the wing tips. Ideally I would have the entire wings in the frame but in this case I think it works since it brings you in closer to the action. Taken along the southern New Jersey coast. ~ 6/15/17 - 1/2500sec at f/5.6 on Manual ~ ISO250 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #nj #jersey #blackskimmer #takeoff #birdsinflight #beach
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Juvenile Brown Pelican ~ This morning along the New Jersey coast I saw a decent number of Brown Pelicans. Most were juveniles with 1 or 2 adults mixed in. I didn't manage to get any good photos so here is a handsome juvenile from Florida I took this past January. The late evening sun was still shining even though a few storm clouds were hanging off shore. I took this image from the Sebastian Inlet pier which is an incredible vantage point to watch these incredible birds fly around. Taken in Sebastian, Florida. ~ 1/9/17 - 1/2500 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO400 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #florida #brownpelican #birdsinflight #juvenile
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Warbler in the Swamp ~ Found in its classic habitat this gorgeous male Prothonotary Warbler was one of my most fun warbler experiences of this past spring. A friend and I spent a few hours hanging out with this bird on an overcast morning and enjoyed watching it and its partner bounce around the undergrowth in search of food. A small creek ran by right near this mossy log and the fresh spring greens provided a beautiful background to make this vibrant warbler stand out in the forest. Taken in southern New Jersey. ~ 5/7/17 - 1/400 sec at f/4.0 on Aperture priority ~ Auto ISO400 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #nj #jersey #prothonotarywarbler #warbler #spring #swamp
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