As is the case with many bird species, the adult males are more boldly plumaged than the females. Here is a typical male in a side-on "field guide" pose.
Rarely do these active birds sit still for such a view. This portrait illustrates the dark semicircles under its eyes, that are said to give it a tired "baggy-eyed" look that is unique among New World warbler species.
One trait that makes them more appealing as photographic subjects is their habit of gleaning prey just one branch at a time. Moving from the trunk of the tree out to the smallest branches, one can often predict a bare twig up ahead where they may provide an opportunity for an unobstructed photo. Of course, it is impossible to predict what posture one might assume.
Too often, my camera clicks reveal nothing but an empty branch. Sometimes I am lucky enough to get a flight shot.
The female is more subdued, but nonetheless beautiful.
This is an immature female Magnolia Warbler. Note full eye ring and plain face that helps distinguish it from the female or immature Prairie Warbler.
In the fall, a first-year male may be indistinguishable from a female.
HI Ken Love this little Warbler and their quick. I love the baggy eyes in the 2nd shot and how he is looking a the camera. You have managed to capture this bird in many positions including flight shots. Great.ReplyDelete
sweet warblers!! great shots of them, too!ReplyDelete
Cute shots! I don't see the prairie very often here in TampaReplyDelete
Absolutely stunning photographs and I learned a lot just reading your captions! SO glad I found your blog!ReplyDelete
Stunning photographs! I learned a lot just by reading the captions. I'm so glad I found your Blog!ReplyDelete
Excellent captures Ken!!! And the birds are beautiful!! I especially enjoyed the 4th image from the top!!!ReplyDelete
The warblers are pretty, great shots!ReplyDelete
What a great series of photos of prairie warblers!ReplyDelete
Great captures of these beautiful little birds. Your "Audubon" shot should be framed.ReplyDelete
Excellent shots of this sweet little bird! The colour is very pretty.ReplyDelete
Some world beaters of a beautiful warbler there Ken. I am always intrigued as to how many NA warblers have yellow in their plumage. It must be all that sunshine.ReplyDelete
lol, this bird really seemd to like to be photographed :)ReplyDelete
Wonderful shots the cute bird.ReplyDelete
Lovely post and wonderful images! I think a Magnolia Warbler snuck into this post, though. One of the warblers (I think fourth from the bottom) has a complete eye-ring, a gray necklace and a black tip to the tail. I think it's a first winter Magnolia Warbler. Wonderful post;I look forward to returning.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Scott-- you are absolutely right about that Magnolia Warbler. The superficial resemblance fooled me when I picked up the shot, which I had correctly identified as a Magnolia when I posted it on FLICKR. The photo search picked up my mentioning Prairie Warbler in the body of my FLICKR comments.ReplyDelete