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Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 14:00
Viewed: 3468
Points: 24
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Hi Everyone,
Here in Alberta we have both races of Yellow-rumped Warblers. The Myrtle and this one the Audubon's Warbler. This guy was captured at Elkwater Lake in the Cypress Hills. To see the Myrtle see Ron Warner's (tuslaw) fine image here

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Family: Parulidae, Wood Warblers

Description 5-6" (13-15 cm). Breeding male dull bluish above, streaked with black; breast and flanks blackish. Rump, crown, and small area at sides of breast yellow. Western male ("Audubon's Warbler") has yellow throat, large white patch in folded wing. Eastern male ("Myrtle Warbler") has white throat, 2 white wing bars. Females, fall males, and young are streaked gray-brown but always have yellow rump and white spots in tail.

Habitat Coniferous and mixed forests; widespread during migration and in winter.

Nesting 4 or 5 white eggs, spotted and blotched with brown, in a bulky nest of twigs, rootlets, and grass, lined with hair and feathers and placed in a conifer.

Range Breeds from northern Alaska, northern Manitoba, central Quebec, and Newfoundland south in West to northern Mexico and in East to Michigan, northern New York, Massachusetts, and Maine. Winters from southern part of breeding range southward into tropics.

Voice A colorless buzzy warble; a sharp chek!

Discussion Until recently, the eastern and western populations of the Yellow-rumped Warbler were thought to be two distinct species, respectively the "Myrtle Warbler" and "Audubon's Warbler." However, it has been found that in the narrow zone where the ranges of the two come together, the birds hybridize freely. In the East, the "Myrtle Warbler" is an abundant migrant, and the only warbler that regularly spends the winter in the northern states. Yellow-rumped Warblers are vivid and conspicuous birds that search for food both high and low in Douglas firs or pines. They most often sing from the high canopy of trees. During winter they disperse in loose flocks, and usually two or three birds at most are observed at a time. The birds constantly chirp a "contact call" that keeps the flock together.
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hello Rick
congratulations for the capture, great POV, great sharpness and contrast, natural colors.
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

This is another: "ONE OF YOUR BESTS".
Looks like you have done it again.
Where do you get your energy from???
Great notes too.
M. with regards.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-30 16:55]

Hi Rick,

Super job!! You really nailed that one!! The colours and details of that warbler are phenomenal!! I love the look in that guy's face. Great BG and composition. Just a totally marvelous submission! TFS.


hello Rick

beautiful close-up photo of the Yellow-rumped Warbler,
shot with fine POV and framing, very beautiful soft
luminosity and colour tones, TFS


Good Morning Rick,

What a pretty bird:) A novelty for me. As always you do, a fine presentation MF!
TFS and have a great week!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-30 22:10]

Hello Rick,
Here in Europe it is unusual to see warblers on the ground and they seem to land on the ground during a quick dive to catch an insect when photography is almost impossible.
This fine capture of a Yellow-rumped Warbler shows the subject well against the blurred grassy BG with excellent colours and sharpness from a nice low POV. This means that he must have been on the ground for few seconds at least!
Thanks for this fine view of this beautiful species Rick.
Have a good week,

Hi Rick

Great shot of this warbler, which species it is!!! Not use to seeing them on the ground. When I saw them in Cenral America, they were alway in the middle canopy.
Excellent sharpness.


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-05-31 7:02]

Hi Rick,

Never seen this bird before. Very cute withe the yellow colors. Great pov.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-31 9:16]

Hello Rick,
This is another beauty. Great photo of this Yellow-rumped Warbler. Splendid colours and excellent sharp details and DOF.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-05-31 10:23]

What a cute little bird, Rick.
Those three patches of yellow are very striking.
Pretty patterns on the plumage.
Nice and sharp details.
A funny pose.
TFS. : )

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-05-31 23:13]

Hello Rick,

This is real a nice picture, lovely pose, splendid plumage.
You will enjoyed taking them.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Nice done. TFS.

Best regards,

Perfect capture of this pretty bird.
Very good colors and details in yours picture.Congratulations.
Best regards.Alin.

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