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Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-15 10:31
Viewed: 3253
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Another view of the Yellow-rumped Warbler that I shot a few weeks ago in Berthier.

From www.birds.cornell.edu

Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Dendroica coronata)

Cool fact: One of our most abundant, widespread, and best-known warblers, the Yellow-rumped Warbler winters farther north than any other warbler. The winter diet of berries, especially the high-fat berries of the evergreen bayberry, enables Yellow-rumps to winter as far north as the Great Lakes in the East and Seattle in the West.

Until recently, the Yellow-rumped Warbler was considered to be two separate but closely related species: Myrtle Warbler and Audubon's Warbler. Myrtle Warblers inhabit coniferous forests in summer from interior Canada across the taiga to Newfoundland and Labrador and south to northwest British Columbia; central Alberta; Saskatchewan and Manitoba; northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan; New England, and northern Pennsylvania. They dislike deep forest interiors, preferring open woodlands and edge habitats. Myrtle Warblers are a common migrant and winter visitor in the East, and they are uncommon to locally common in winter in the West.
Audubon's Warbler is a bird of western and Mexican coniferous forests from coastline to timberline. They breed from British Columbia south through the mountains and coastal coniferous forests of the West to Baja California and northern Mexico. They are abundant in the West during winter and migration, and they are a rare vagrant in the East.

The breeding ranges of Audubon's and Myrtle warblers meet along a narrow band in the northern Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and Alberta. Along this narrow zone, intergrades between the two forms occur where the montane forests of Douglas fir, Engelman’s spruce, and western white spruce, which are inhabited by Audubon's Warblers, mix with the boreal forest of white and black spruce chosen by Myrtle Warblers.

Yellow-rumped Warblers form large flocks during migration and winter, especially in coastal areas where bayberries are abundant. Birds wintering in the interior feed upon cedar, poison ivy and other berries, and seeds. Yellow-rumped Warblers display a wider range of foraging strategies for hunting insects than most other warblers. They may often be seen sallying from treetops after flying insects or searching for insects on tree trunks in the manner of Brown Creepers; at other times they foliage-glean in the manner of other warblers. They may also be seen foraging on the ground.

Description: Yellow-rumped Warblers are relatively large warblers distinguished in all adult plumages by bright yellow rumps and white spots near the tips of the outer tail feathers. The two regional types differ in appearance, and there is a marked seasonal change in plumage for both males and females.

Breeding adult male Myrtle Warblers have black cheeks and a narrow white supercilium, white throat, and gray upperparts that are streaked with black. There are two white wing bars, yellow patches on the sides of the breast and on the crown, and white underparts with black streaks along the flanks and across the breast. Spring females have a similar pattern, but they are slightly duller and the gray upperparts are washed with brown, the cheeks are dark gray rather than black, and the yellow patches are somewhat smaller and paler. In nonbreeding plumages, both males and females are more dull and brown in color. Males and females in nonbreeding plumage may look alike.

Audubon's Warblers share the basic pattern of the Myrtle Warbler, but they differ by having a yellow (rather than white) throat, and they have paler gray upperparts without a black cheek patch. Instead of the black flank and breast streaks of the Myrtle Warbler, the Audubon's Warbler has solid black across the breast and down its flanks. Where Myrtle Warblers have white spots on the outer two or three tail feathers only, Audubon's Warblers have more extensive white tail spotting.

Palm Warblers and Magnolia Warblers also have yellow rumps, although they are not as bright and contrasting as the Yellow-rumped Warbler's. Palm Warblers can be distinguished from dull winter Yellow-rumped Warblers by their constant tail pumping and bright yellow, rather than white, undertail coverts. Magnolia Warblers have extensive yellow underparts; the combination of yellow throat, black cheek patch, and white supercilium; and white tail spots midway along the tail feathers.

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  • Great 
  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-09-15 10:41]

hi MArio,
nice picture.

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-15 10:47]

Hi Mario,

Nice shot of this hard to capture little bird. Wonderful pose on top of the bush. Lovely colors and details of his face and plummage.


Hello Mario
Its a great shot..the pov and colours are superb..its a shame though that he was pointing more tail towards you so the focus is spot on to the rear of the bird but slightly loose on his head...that said I wish it was my capture.
TFS and Best Regards

Bonjour Mario,tout mignon ce petit oiseau,la composition et les couleurs sont superbes.Bravo m'sieur

Una nota bastante extensa y completa por cierto.
Buenos tonos y genial encuadre.
Perfecto PoV y buen DoF.
Saludos, JL.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-15 13:48]

Mario, this is another clear and beautiful shot.

Great pov, bg and pose. I do enjoy lighting and colors.

Another wonderful bird and picture of such. If only I could, I would love to have the opportunity to live my life once more and be back the Great Lakes where I was born and where my ashes shall be spread.

You are among the best of photographers in the aviary world. This is my feeling alone...others would have to say, but I feel by others critiques that some would concur.

salut Mario

cette photo-là elle est superbe par son cadrage,
par l'attitude de l'oiseau, par sa netteté et superbe backround



Bonjour Mario,
bien oui, toujours aussi net! Belle prise, ces oiseaux sont rarement arrêtés et c'est difficile de les "immortaliser". Bravo!

Hi Mario,
That is a really outstanding shot on the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Perfectly composed and framed. Spot on exposure has given amazing colors and detail. Beautiful light and a great OOF backround.

Bonjour Mario, très belle composition, la paruline est un superbe oiseau, j'aime particulièrement la pose et l'excellente composition, joli petit chef d'oeuvre

A wonderful one, Mario,
the moment is pretty, also the whole arrangement. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

By the way - I bought a new lens - Tamron 200-400. Secondhand just for trying if I like those heavy lenses and how to handle it. It's good - but not to compare with your Canon ;-( But I could buy 8 of the Tamron or one Canon, haha! Expensive!

Great shot Mario
Good pose and great sharpness
Well composed


Hello Mario,
I think you nailed the color and exposure, perfect. An excellent comp and pose here..
Sharp details, great BG, POV, and DOF :)
Very nice!!

Hello Mario
Excellent shot of this warbler,
Perfect focusing,BG and DOF,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Bonjour Mario,

Une bonne prise de vue de la paruline à croupion jaune, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Mario,
Photo magnifiquement composée de cette paruline, les détails et les couleurs sont parfaits et le BG donne la petite touche finale qui en fait une grande réussite

Bravo Mario pour cette superbe capture! J'en ai vu cette fin de semaine mais ils demeurent cachés tout le temps!!! Ils se tiennent dans un de mes sapin mais aussitôt que j'essaie de les photographier, oups, ils sont partis... J'aime beaucoup cette pose, les détails et la très bonne exposition. Les Parulines sont des oiseaux superbes! Merci,

Salut Mario,
Encore une superbe photo! J'aime l'action dans cette prise de vue. Beaux détails du plumage et jolie petite tache jaune bien démontrée.


  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-16 9:32]

Hello Mario,
Excellent capture of the Yellow-rumped Warbler, this time giving us a glimpse of the yellow rump. This is a beautiful presentation with excellent pose, lighting, sharpness, composition and bokeh.
Well done, TFS and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

  • Great 
  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-09-16 13:38]

hello Mario

superb picture
the litle bird is a very interesting sujet in a nice pose and standing out in the green BG

POV and sharpness are good



  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-16 17:01]

Salut Mario
Tres belle composition encore une fois.L'image ets nette avec de beau details et de belle couleurs.L'arriere plan de couleur sombre harmonisse bien le tout.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-17 19:38]

Hello Mario

The clarity is wonderful in this one.The plumage detail is excellent with well defined feathers.The lighting is very good producing rich ,natural colours.The composition is lovely.Very good POV and DOF.TFS


Hi Mario,
Very well composed action capture of a beautiful bird. TFS.
The desire to learn about birds is getting stronger and stronger within me, but no time. Till then I depend upon TN friends like you. I am reading your notes very carefully.
- Nirmal

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