The Townsend’s Warbler Dendroica townsendi is a small songbird ranging from 11 to 13 cm in length. This male is in his winter plumage, later this spring the the dark feathers on his head and chest will turn black and the yellow a little brighter. He is a very colorful bird but doesn’t sit still for very long so they can be a challenge to photograph.

Captured in Gig Harbor, Washington. Nikon D-300, Nikkor 80-400 mm lens, iso 400, f/7.1@ 1/250 sec.

My photographs are not always technically correct, I tend to break the rules but I do that knowing what the rules are and having a reason to do so. My photographic images are what and how I see the world around me in my minds eye—they are who I am.

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  • didi24
    didi24over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous little bird…who wouldn’t adore birds…beautiful shot!!!

  • Thank you very much Saya.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!

  • Thank you Dottie, I’m glad you liked my image of this little fellow.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 3 years ago

    What a lovely close up of this colorful small busy bird! He stands out so wonderfully against the dark background and the Rhodo buds indicate that it is indeed winter! : )

  • Thank you Sandy. Our days are starting to get a little brighter and the snow on the ground helped so I could use a low iso and fast shutter speed for a crisp shot. These guys really don’t sit still for long and when they stay on one perch they are constantly moving their head back and forth. Bright colors do have there draw-backs when it comes to the predators. Did you get a lot of snow up on the Island during our last little storm?

    – Bryan Peterson

  • GailD
    GailDover 3 years ago

    Well shot Bryan. You’re doing great with these birds shots.

  • Thank you Gail. The sun is slowly starting to rise on the horizon and the days are getting a little brighter (when the clouds part) so my shutter speeds are getting faster and iso lower for some sharper images. At the height of winter up here the sun doesn’t rise till 8 am and sets around 4:20 pm so we don’t get a lot of natural light for photography. But on the other hand the golden hour at sunrise and sunset is extended due to the very low angle of the sun (when is isn’t covered by clouds which it is most of the time).

    – Bryan Peterson

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 3 years ago

    Yes, they sure are busy little birds aren’t they?! lol Yes, we certainly did get a good dump of snow, but it was short lived when a warmer front moved in. It was snowing again this morning, but it has since warmed up and the snow is quickly melting. It is hard to believe this is the last day of Feb! Sure looking forward to warmer spring weather! This little bird is like warm sunshine on a winter’s day! : )

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosover 3 years ago
    Another little ‘gem’ Bryan..your sure capturing them to perfection!!*-)
  • Thank you very much Deb. It’s a big help to have enough sunlight so I can use a low iso setting and still have a fast shutter speed.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • Irish
    Irishover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Irish, I’m glad you liked my photo of this colorful bird.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 3 years ago

    What an incredible shot of this beautiful Warbler..Outstanding colors and the clarity and sharpness are second to none.

  • Thank you very much Kat.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97over 3 years ago

    Congratulations on the Feature in Welcome to Washington (the State) group.

  • Thanks Debbie—it’s always a great feeling to be acknowledged by my home state group.

    – Bryan Peterson

  • MischaC
    MischaCover 3 years ago

    Phenomenal shot! These guys are EXTREMELY difficult to catch a good shot of. Congrats on the well-deserved feature!

  • Thank you and yes it is hard to get these little fellows to sit still long enough to get off a shot but I was lucky and we finally had a bright sunny day albeit record cold!

    – Bryan Peterson

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