Sometimes you get incredibly lucky and get a wood-warbler that feeds at your feet. Today was one of those days. A couple of Pine Warblers were being incredibly cooperative at Forest Park, the sun was shining, and I had my digiscoping rig with me. Numerous times the birds came so close that I could not focus. I actually decoupled my scope from the tripod and lied down on the ground and got some shots that way. I hope the results speak for themselves.
I don’t really have much more to say other than spring is finally here, the wood-warblers are coming, and if I never have as good at look at Setophaga pinus again I will not be in the least bit surprised. Enjoy! (And click on the images – most of them have larger versions available.)
The yellow was almost too much for this winter-weary birder.
It is always nice when you are close enough to see the brown iris of a Pine Warbler.
Is this bird intent or what?
Who likes feather detail?
And if feather detail isn’t your thing how about a portrait?
I think Pine Warblers have just the right amount of color for an early wood-warbler. If the spring started with Magnolia Warblers we wouldn’t be able to take after a winter of chickadees and nuthatches.
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