Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Warblers on the Move

 Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)

Warblers have to be among the most frustrating birds to photograph: they are tiny, move almost constantly, and spend most of their time in amongst dense foliage and branches. So mostly I photograph them to take the photos home to identify them.

 Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)

Now that it's mid May, warblers are heading to their breeding grounds. A few stop for refueling in one of my favourite woods. Quite a few love Canada because we have tons of juicy bugs for them to eat.

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)

Don't let the name of this warbler fool you. This is a female and she looks so different from the BLUE male that for a while birders believed the male and female were different species.

One of my birding goals is to get better photos of these birds, which will take patience and a LOT of luck!

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

54 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Yes Warblers are tricky to see and even more difficult to photorraph an dyou did a good job with these shots.

Stefan Jansson said...

Some birds just don't want their photo taken. Despite the bribes I offer them sometimes. You got a few good photos here.

guild rez said...

Great pictures...
I need more patience to get wonderful pictures like yours.
Thank you for sharing,
Gisela

Revrunner said...

You've certainly done well to capture these.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Well I think you did an absolutely brilliant job of capturing them!

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous warblers and images. The Blackburnian is stunning. Have a happy day!

Anvilcloud said...

You're doing fine photographing these flitters.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I think these are beautiful photos, well done!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I need to work on my patience..I seem to be as skittish as these little birds are. Mostly I just give up too easily. Great shots.

see you there! said...

I think you did a wonderful job capturing images of these little flitting birds.

Darla

Sandra said...

the photos look fantastic to me.. they are beautiful birds. really beautiful

Birdman said...

Lots of birdies today in the blogisphere. Must be spring...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

They really are tricky little birds to catch and yet you always do such a good job of it EG, super series of shots here.

VP said...

No way they can elude you!

Mary Hone said...

So pretty though. Nice shots.

Kate said...

Beautiful portraits of the birds; now, all we need is the sound to make the image complete!!

TexWisGirl said...

so cool! have only seen a couple of varieties here over the years.

Halcyon said...

What a nice group of lovlies!

Linda W. said...

Nice photos of a pretty bird!

Sylvia K said...

You do get the most beautiful captures -- of birds and everything else!!! I always look forward to your blog each day and each day your pics take my breath away!! Hope your week is going well!!

Ginny said...

Your photos are just wonderful, and could be in a book they are so perfect! Not only are they hard to snap, they are hard to identify! At least for me. My very favorite is the Blackburnian!

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful bird shots, they do like to fidget and hop around!

RedPat said...

These pics are great, EG! I've been hearing them but haven't been able to see any clearly yet!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Good luck on your challenge. I think these are great pictures.

Ruth Hiebert said...

These pictures are great. I do understand the frustration in photographing warblers.

Fotolosopher said...

All of the warblers thank you for these wonderful photos! In fact, I can hear them singing down here!

cieldequimper said...

Mmmm how lovely. And interesting!

Stephanie said...

They seem to get camouflaged withing the branches and leaves in the trees. Such pretty birds! Great shots!

William Kendall said...

You've captured them beautifully!

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Great shots, you must have phenomenal patience..

NatureFootstep said...

your warblers are so coloeful and gorgeous. Ours are always hard to see with hardly no colors but forest green :)

Jenny said...

Nice to see photos of birds that perhaps I hear, but certainly don't see in the trees. The chestnut-sided warbler is really handsome.

Jenny said...

Nice to see photos of birds that perhaps I hear, but certainly don't see in the trees. The chestnut-sided warbler is really handsome.

Lois said...

Beautiful shots! I never get to see these birds.

DeniseinVA said...

I wish your warblers would move to our house. Fantastic photos EG, jusst loved them.

carolann said...

Beautiful birds and great photos.

Kathy said...

I love seeing photos of varieties of birds that we don't have here where I live in Texas. We do have pine warblers but yours today are totally foreign to me. Thank you for broadening my horizons!

Chandra Eswaran said...

Superb shots, Tina.
If you need better luck, I wish you all the best for the next series of photos of these cuties!
Have a Wonderful Day!
Peace :)

Silver Parrot said...

Glad it's not just me getting frustrated by these tiny, flitty little birds! I think you got some great shots, though!

Randy said...

Sweet little bird.

The Furry Gnome said...

Seem like great pictures to me!

Rose said...

Oh, my goodness, they are beautiful. I think your photographs are wonderful.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

You have photographed them very well!

Kay said...

You take the best bird shots! I love seeing what you post. Your patience is amply rewarded!

Adam Jones said...

It's very true. They are very difficult to photograph and they certainly don't make it easy. You've managed to get some good shots though.

diane b said...

They are good shots considering that they are always on the move.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I think you managed to get some awesome shots!

Donna said...

You are so lucky to get such wonderful birds and these are outstanding shots....

jandi said...

Lovely shots- birds are in general difficult to photograph...

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful captures of these hard to photograph little birds.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent shots. Tiny, darting birds usually are a smudge in my camera.
MB

Cloudia said...

I'd say these are good photos! What little dears. Most enjoyable


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Laura said...

Each warbler is so beautiful. Great photos!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Well good luck on your photography endeavors. I have trouble with the fast moving birds as well; I might as well be taking photos of my kids! The warblers are beautiful though. They are worthy of your time.

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