May 30, 2004
Steven Bullock of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, photographed this Prothonotary Warbler on Alabama's Dauphin Island.
When Bullock arrived in mid-April, locals told him he was about a week too late to see a Prothonotary (Protonotaria citrea)
. He had never seen one.
But when he was in a wooded area of Shell Mound Park, another bird photographer who had her sights set on a Scarlet Tanager
said a Prothonotary was hanging around a nearby pond.
"And sure enough, when I turned to look, it popped right up," says Bullock. "I took this photo the next day, after watching the bird and seeing where its favorite perches were. I waited until the sunlight was right to show its yellow to best advantage. It didn't perch long, but it came back to this spot regularly."
He captured the image with a Canon EOS 10D digital camera, a 1.4x extender, and a 600 mm lens at f5.6.
Dauphin Island is featured in the American Bird Conservancy Guide to the 500 Most Important Bird Areas in the United States.Read our review of the ABC book.View photos of other warblers:
- Black-throated Blue Warbler
- Black-throated Gray Warbler
- Black-throated Green Warbler
- Canada Warbler
- Chestnut-sided Warbler, female
- Chestnut-sided Warbler, singing
- Common Yellowthroat, singing
- Common Yellowthroat, close-up portrait
- Common Yellowthroat in Central Park
- Hooded Warbler
- Lawrence's Warbler
- Prairie Warbler
- Yellow Warbler
- Yellow-rumped Warbler