Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

It may not be obvious at first, but the picture above is a collage of 4 shots of the same (please be right) yellow-rumped warbler.
If my ID is wrong somehow, please correct me, but he does have a yellow rump and it is the same individual in each shot. I like warblers and a live oak tree full of them is a magical thing, but I generally enjoy them without knowing exactly who they are ... and any useable warbler photograph is just a case of serendipity and some luck.
This sprite was working the leaf litter at Manatee Springs last weekend in a frantic, frenetic, food-finding frolic.
Simply by folding his wings and holding still he would disappear among the dead leaves, a great example of cryptic coloration.
Now, I must unfold my wings and get to work.
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Thunder Dave said...

That little dude's camo is pretty good! It took me a minute to find him/her.

pissed off patricia said...

We had about a zillion of those little guys here recently feasting on the berries of our wax myrtle hedge. Not too many birds can digest the waxy product in those berries, but these guys sure can.

vicki said...

I love these little warblers; they have a really wonderful song. I saw them a couple weeks ago down here at Lettuce Lake and that yellow is a bright flash when they take off. Nice shots- they're hard to get.

robin andrea said...

What a beautiful bird, fc. They're food-getting behavior sounds a lot like the ruby- and gold-crowned kinglets that I tried to photograph for weeks. All that frenetic moving about does make it nearly impossible to get a clear shot. But you did it. What a great little warbler.

SophieMae said...

Good job, Bob! Right now, I'm on a quest for a decent shot of a White-throated Sparrow. I've gotten several through the window, but the feeding area is about 25-30 feet from the house, so they're very so-so.

Oh, re the Glock, I was once engaged to a police officer who had previously been an MP. One of his prize possessions was a Glock he brought home from somewhere in Europe. It spent a lot of time in my glove compartment. He even let me handle it on occasion. 8-]

Deb said...

That is definitely a yellow rumped warbler. They hit this area in late April or early May by the thousands; that is my cue to spend a morning in the woods and see how many other species of warblers I can find. I know there are many more than I've identified.

threecollie said...

So warblers here yet, but we finally had a warm can send the early robins any time now.

Floridacracker said...

I need camo like that.

The oaks really are full of them this time of year here.

Very hard to get and I usually don't bother, but this one was more cooperative.

It's no wonder they have to eat so much with all the energy the burn looking for food :)

Good luck with that sparrow.Thanks for the Glock epilogue :)

I guess we get to keep him a little longer. Your robins are still here too.

The robins are having too much fun playing chicken with cars along the road ways to go back yet.

Cathy said...

My 85 year-old mother is spending the winter with my sis on St. Pete Beach. Just yesterday she commented about the little bird with the yellow patch on his forehead. Cool. I've sent a link to this fun post so that my sis can share the information with her.