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Kirtland Warbler (Extremely Rare)

Kirtland Warbler (Extremely Rare)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/6400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-05-23 18:30
Viewed: 2062
Points: 40
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I believe this may be a first on TN.

The Kirtland Warbler is listed as endangered and is one of the worlds rarest birds. The total population of this beautiful little warbler is estimated to be around 5,000 birds.

A few of these birds may be seen during the spring migration up at Magee Marsh. I spotted this particular female along the shoreline of Lake Erie last week while visiting Magee Marsh.

The Kirtland warbler is found in a small area of Michigan where they nest exclusively in young jack pine forest which grow on a special type of soil. The trees must be of a certain height (5-16 feet tall) or the warblers will not use the area for a nesting sight. The birds do not nest in the trees, but on the ground beneath them.

Needless to say, capturing a photo of this rare bird was the highlight of my trip to Magee Marsh this year.

For more in on the Kirtland Warbler click here

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Thank you Ron for this nice picture of Kirtland Warbler and it is first on TN.
perfect sharpness and colour.
Natural ambiance is the beauty.

Hello Ron

Congratulations for this extremely rare Warbler
that is the Kirtland Warbler, and it is a great photo,
with very fine POV and the way the bird diagonally
it is framed on the image it adds dynamism to the photo,
wonderful light, beautiful eye-contact,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-23 22:04]

What a cute little bird with greys and yellows..beautiful capture. tfs.

Hello Mr.Ron,
Again a beautiful natural picture of this Warbler in its natural habitat.Beautiful pose and stunning clarity made it attractive.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hallo Ron
The Kirtland Warbler is a very elegant and stylish bird and you have captured these features beautifully, showing all the detail so well. It has such soft coloured feathers, especially on its chest and the black rounded eye is an eye-catcher. Pleasant composition and point of view. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

This is a prize picture even technically, Ron, besides showcasing a threatened species of Warblers perhaps being seen for the first time on TN.
Very apt frontal POV that displays the features and colours of the bird extremely beautifully.
You have added tremendous value to this site by posting the image of a rare bird.
Thanks and regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-24 4:40]

Hello Ron,
The best photo of this species I've seen so far. Congratulations on this novelty for TN. Fantastic close photo in great sharpness, details and splendid natural colours. The pose is gorgeous. Excellent DOF and diagonal composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-24 4:54]

Hello Ron,
You have been lucky again! What a fine picture, I like the alert pose of this Warbler. What a fine plumage it has! Great diagonal composition and beautiful natural surroundings.

Hello Ron,
Outstanding photograph of Kirtland Warbler, excellent sharpness and details, outstanding composition, good background and excellent lighting.
Thanks for sharing, and congrats on capturing this extremely rare warbler photograph,

Ciao Ron, great capture of lovely lbird, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Wonderful image of a beautiful bird.


Hi Ron,i don't know if is the first but surely is the most beautiful,the quality of this pic is really fantastic,what a close pov and what very professional details everywhere,very very well done,today 2 points are not enough..ehehe...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-24 10:01]
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Hi Ron.
This species is very beautiful and you managed to get a wonderful close-up. Excellent use of fill flash but I cannot imagine how you could achieve so short exposure time. Composition of the shot an d subject at whole are simply fine. My compliments and TFS.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-24 11:12]

Hi Ron,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful Warbler.
Excellent details,colours and perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-05-24 12:43]

Rare but extremel beautiful and a very good picture with super sharpness, color, light and very natural. Congratulation.

Hi Ron,
I know the feeling when you have take a good picture of a rare species, congrats.
Well composed with the bird in a fine pose. Good sharpness, fine details and nice colours.
Well done.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-05-25 17:37]

Hola Ron, que belleza de foto y de especie, excelente composición, color, luz y me gusta mucho el entorno natural...espero que algun día pueda ver al Quetzal...saludos.

Bonjour Ron,
Excellente valorisation du sujet ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-05-27 10:32]

Hi Ron,
A meticulous close framing whit this; .. great sharpness and genuine like colour palette, good comp and presentation ..


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2013-05-27 12:42]

Hi Ron
What a nice capture excellent point of view and razor sharp image.Amasing plumage details and great natural colors
TFS Michel

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