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Yellow Warbler

Yellow 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: 2005-05-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-04 6:59
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Points: 18
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This Yellow Warbler was captured in Poice Point Park in Medicine Hat.
Yellow Warbler
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Parulidae

Genus: Dendroica

Species: D. petechia

The Yellow Warbler, Dendroica petechia, is a New World warbler. It is the most widespread Dendroica warbler, breeding in almost the whole of North America and down to northern South America. It has 35 geographical races, which can be divided into three main groups.

The Yellow Warbler, aestiva, group breeds in the whole of North America as far south as central Mexico in open, often wet, woodland or shrub. It is migratory, wintering in Central and South America. This form is a very rare vagrant to western Europe. It is 11.5 cm long and weighs 9 g. The summer males of this group are greenish above and yellow below, with red breast streaking. The various aestiva races vary mainly in brightness.
The Mangrove Warbler, erithacoroides, group is larger at 12.5 g and weighs 11 g. It is resident in the mangrove swamps of coastal Central America and northern South America. The summer males differ from aestiva Yellow Warblers in that they have rufous hoods. The races in this group vary in the extent and hue of the hood.
The Golden Warbler, petechia, group is resident in the mangrove swamps of the West Indies. The summer males differs from aestiva Yellow Warblers in that they have a rufous crown or hood. The races in this group vary in the extent and hue of the head patch.
Other plumages of all races are essentially greenish above and a duller yellow below, although young males soon acquire breast and, where appropriate, head colouration.

Yellow Warblers nest in trees, building a cup nest. Aestiva lays 3-6 eggs, but the two other groups, which breed in mangroves, lay fewer eggs, as would be expected for tropical races.

These birds feed on insects and spiders, but northern races will also take some berries.

The song is a musical sweet sweet sweet, I'm so sweet, although it varies considerably between races. The call is a soft or harder ship.

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Hi Rick,

Well captured. Nice DoF, well focused.
Great shot.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-04 8:49]

Hi Rick,
a warbler in full action, how sweet. Very nice capture, colors, sharpness and details are wonderful. I like the POV and the pose you getting is lovely. Well composed, with great OOF BG.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-04 10:12]

Hi Rick,

I love chirping birds! What a sweet looking little yellow bird. Lovely colors, good details and a wonderful pose!


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-04-04 11:01]

Hi Rick,

I like to see singing birds. And this yellow one is really singing out loud. The twinkling in the eye is wonderful.


Hi Rick,

Lovely shot of this Warbler singing. Great POV, colours, sharpness excellent. Fantastic as always! Thanks for sharing :)


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-04 13:22]

Hello Rick,
Fine capture of a singing Yellow Warbler in its habitat. Though it is relatively small it contrasts well with the greenery and it is sharp enough to stand out well.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Lovely picture of Yellow Warbler in action, Rick.
I like the way you have retained the bokeh BG of foliage and branches. It gives a nice impression of the surroundings in which the bird finds it apt to sing throatily!
Thanks and take care.

Hi Rick,
On my Toshiba, the focus is very soft. But the pov with the open nozzle (Is the exact world for the mouth bird ?) is very nice!

Magnifique cet oiseua en plein concert, très belles couleurs et composition.

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