<< Previous Next >>

Golden-winged Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler
Photo Information
Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-22 19:05
Viewed: 2685
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Features: The Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) is a small songbird of the new world wood-warbler family. Both females and males are grey, with white undersides and distinctive yellow wing patches and crown. While females have light grey feathers surrounding the eyes and throat, males have a characteristic black throat and cheek. Their preferred breeding habitat is areas of early successional vegetation, found primarily on field edges, hydro or utility right-of-ways, or recently logged areas. On their wintering grounds, they are found within open woodlands at high elevations of 1,500-3,000 metres in Central America and northern South America.

An unusual feature of this species nesting biology is that it will mate with Blue-winged Warblers (Vermivora pinus), regularly producing hybrids with characters from both species. This hybridization with the more common Blue-winged Warbler is one of the threats to Golden-winged Warbler populations.

Status: Special Concern Provincially, Threatened Nationally

Range: The breeding range of the Golden-winged Warbler includes southern Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, as well as the north-eastern United States. Their wintering range extends from Central America south into north-western South America. Range Maps

Threats: A decrease of early successional scrub habitat within its breeding range in eastern North America poses a strong threat to populations of the Golden-winged Warbler. Hybridization with Blue-winged Warbler is also a major factor that is causing regional extirpation of this species, as the Blue-Winged Warbler becomes the dominant warbler over time where the two species hybridize. Nest parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) in certain areas in the United States may also be a threat to some populations.

Protection: The Golden-winged Warbler is protected under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act. A national management plan is in preparation for this species.

dmark11, duymy, nagraj has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • duymy Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 35] (488)
  • [2011-05-22 20:03]

Hello Peter,

Great shot with very lively beautiful bird and vivid colors. DOF and composition are excellen. Good detail and sharpness. Well done! TFS. Best regards.

Hi Peter,
Oh buddy this is your best work yet. You not only caught the bird perfectly but the environment around the bird is extrodinary. You should be really proud of this one.

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-23 0:07]

Very beautiful species with excellent colors. Fine composition with those branches with flowers, fine habitat shown. tfs.

Calibration Check