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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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Cottonball Plover ~ I got lucky with my timing earlier this year and showed up on the beach not long after these adorable Piping Plover chicks had hatched. In all of the bird photography I've done, I have not found anything quite as cute as these little birds running around the beach. Those long legs propel them around with more speed then you would expect so it becomes quite the challenge to track and keep them in focus since they can easily be hidden behind a small clump of sand or large shell. So I hope you enjoy this standard portrait of a tiny Piping Plover chick. Taken along the northern New Jersey coast. ~ 6/2/17 - 1/2000 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 #pipingplover #babybird #birdchick #cute #adorable #beach
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Cottonball Plover ~ I got lucky with my timing earlier this year and showed up on the beach not long after these adorable Piping Plover chicks had hatched. In all of the bird photography I've done, I have not found anything quite as cute as these little birds running around the beach. Those long legs propel them around with more speed then you would expect so it becomes quite the challenge to track and keep them in focus since they can easily be hidden behind a small clump of sand or large shell. So I hope you enjoy this standard portrait of a tiny Piping Plover chick. Taken along the northern New Jersey coast. ~ 6/2/17 - 1/2000 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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Fishing Action ~ This was by far the most cooperative Black-crowned Night Heron I've ever encountered. I had been working with some Clapper Rails when this bird flew right in and began to fish. The tide had just started really coming in and seemed to bring a lot of fish with it. This heron set up on a tiny creek offshot from the main water and began stalking. As soon as I saw it stalking fish I started to move in on it. The fishing kepts its attention distracted and I was able to quickly close the gap and take some nice portraits while it was standing there. I really wanted some fishing action and was thankful when I caught this during a strike. I like how I manged to get pretty much only the eye sharp but the beak still blurred. I also really love the swinging head plumes and outstretched leg which really show the action. I've got a ton more from this bird but wanted to start with this fun action shot. Taken along the Delaware Bayshore in southern New Jersey. ~ 7/24/17 - 1/1000 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO640 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 #blackcrownednightheron
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Glowing Fuzz ~ One advantage I love about shooting into the sun is how you can make certain objects or animals appear to glow. In the case of fur it works particularly well. Of course this American Oystercatcher doesn't have fur but it's downy feathers are so fine at this point they appear almost as fur which contributes to the cute look of these little ones. The setting sun on this evening was pretty much perfect for backlight at this point and when the little one walked right into it for me I took the shot. I specifically exposed for those bright glowing feathers which I knew would underexpose the bird itself but I also knew I could easily recover some of that shadow side detail since I was shooting at the base ISO of my camera. As I'm sure you may have noticed over this summer backlight is one of my favorite things to experiment with and I love how this one turned out. Taken in Lido Beach, New York. ~ 6/2/17 - 1/1000 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 #americanoystercatcher #babybird #birdchick #backlight #glowing #NY
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Glowing Fuzz ~ One advantage I love about shooting into the sun is how you can make certain objects or animals appear to glow. In the case of fur it works particularly well. Of course this American Oystercatcher doesn't have fur but it's downy feathers are so fine at this point they appear almost as fur which contributes to the cute look of these little ones. The setting sun on this evening was pretty much perfect for backlight at this point and when the little one walked right into it for me I took the shot. I specifically exposed for those bright glowing feathers which I knew would underexpose the bird itself but I also knew I could easily recover some of that shadow side detail since I was shooting at the base ISO of my camera. As I'm sure you may have noticed over this summer backlight is one of my favorite things to experiment with and I love how this one turned out. Taken in Lido Beach, New York. ~ 6/2/17 - 1/1000 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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Wave Cruising ~ A Black Skimmer glides just over the surface of some small crashing waves along the shoreline as the morning sun shines on. I really liked all the action going on in this image including of course the bird in flight but the small wave crashing below it added another turbulent element to this photo that I think worked out well. Watching these Skimmers try to skim through this surf was rather impressive and often humorous as they would crash into an unexpected wave. This was also taken during some of the best light of the morning, when the sun was strong enough to let me get some good flight shots but it still had that beautiful warm glow to it that is evident in the bird and the yellow tints in the crashing wave. Taken along the southern New Jersey coast. ~ 6/15/17 - 1/1000 sec at f/5.6 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 #blackskimmer #birdsinflight 
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Water Walker ~ It was late in the morning when myself and another photographer found ourselves lying along this shallow tidal pond along the beach. There had been a nice group of Semipalmated Sandpipers working the shallow water and occasionaly an American Oystercatcher would stop by. I had picked a spot really close to the water's edge in the wet mud and was keeping an eye on the sandpipers when I noticed some larger motion off to my left. When I took my eye out from the viewfinder I saw this Oystercatcher standing up on an elevated bank next to the water. Next thing I knew it was walking directly through the water and right in front of me. I couldn't believe our luck to have this bird walk so close to us with such a wide open space on the beach. It is the sort of thing that only happens when you lay in one spot for quite a while. I photographed the Oystercatcher as it quickly walked through the shallows and this was one of my favorite images with its one foot just touching the surface of the water and a decent full reflection. The bird quickly flew away a moment later only to return after 10 minutes and do the same exact thing except closer which gave me some really close portraits. There are plenty of times when I lay in one spot and have nothing come by but when it works it usually provides some wonderful opportunities. Taken along the northern New Jersey coast. ~ 6/2/17 - 1/2000 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 #americanoystercatcher 
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Feed Me Now! ~ It never gets old watching these little Least Tern chicks get so excited for a parent to return with food. I've learned over the years the easiest way to capture the returning parent and potential fish transfer is to just keep your eye on the chick. There is no mistaking their excited behavior which usually involves running towards the adult while calling out as loud as possible, as if yelling "feed me, feed me". So I simply watch these little ones through the lens and when they start acting up I start shooting and I can usually catch a moment like this whith the incoming adult with a fish hanging from its beak. I wish I could have seen the adult's face and the fish more but after a while I sort of like how this image realy features the chick. The adult becomes a bit secondary because it's facing away and I think that works. Taken along the central New Jersey coastline. ~ 6/28/17 - 1/2500 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 #leasttern #babybird #tiny #cute #adorable #beach
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Feed Me Now! ~ It never gets old watching these little Least Tern chicks get so excited for a parent to return with food. I've learned over the years the easiest way to capture the returning parent and potential fish transfer is to just keep your eye on the chick. There is no mistaking their excited behavior which usually involves running towards the adult while calling out as loud as possible, as if yelling "feed me, feed me". So I simply watch these little ones through the lens and when they start acting up I start shooting and I can usually catch a moment like this whith the incoming adult with a fish hanging from its beak. I wish I could have seen the adult's face and the fish more but after a while I sort of like how this image realy features the chick. The adult becomes a bit secondary because it's facing away and I think that works. Taken along the central New Jersey coastline. ~ 6/28/17 - 1/2500 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. #leasttern #babybird #babyanimal #cute #tiny #adorable
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Velvet Buck Luck ~ This photo came about purely out of luck. I visited John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge this morning hoping to photograph the cooperative Least Bittern pair that are nesting there. When I pulled up just before sunrise I noticed the entrance was completley blocked off due to contruction on the driveway entrance. So I parked on the street and walked in on the walking path that was open. While walking along the field right by the entrance I saw this huge rack staring right at me! My first photo was completely under exposed since I was not expecting to take a photo yet. I quickly changed so settings and fired off a few frames before he walked away. Those were still not great because my shutter speed and ISO were still way to high for the dawn light, also I noticed later in that first set of images I had a single piece of grass right in front of his nose. It was so dark I never even noticed the grass. Thankfully he stopped not too far away and I was able to walk up again and take this photo. This time I dropped my shutter speed to a more reasonable setting and was able to get a nice photo of this very handsome fella. In talking with my friend Christian Hunold he pointed me to a photo of the same deer taken in 2015 (see the spot on the nose) https://flic.kr/p/DxWVAn It's great that he is still around! Taken in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ~ 7/20/17 - 1/125 sec at f/4.0 on Manual ~ ISO2500 at 500 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please feel free to share. #hqspwildlife #btbprowildlife #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #whitetaildeer #deer #buck #philly
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