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An immature female Townsend’s Warbler quickly moves from branch to branch consuming some extremely tiny powder blue flies. If you look closely, you can see some of the fluff from the flies on its beak. This was the first Townsend’s Warbler I had ever seen and so it was very exciting, especially to see find it in my own back yard!
They are very quick moving small birds and so quite a challenge to capture!


The Townsend’s Warbler is a very small song bird at only 9 g( 0.3 oz) and 7.62-12.7 cm ( 3-5 in).

Note; viewing in large size, the bird appears life size!

Townsend’s Warbler’s breed from Alaska and British Columbia to northern Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. They spend their winters from southwestern California southward. Preferred habitats include coniferous forests, especially old stands of Douglas firs.

They are closely related to the Hermit Warbler, and the two species interbreed where their ranges overlap.

This bird was named after the American ornithologist, John Kirk Townsend.


Taken on Oct 7/09 at 11:56 am in my own back yard, on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 IS USM Lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto, including joystick head
Taken at 1/2000’s at f/9, 400 mm, man col bal, iso 800.
No cropping, or sharpening.

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 5 years ago

    Wow!! What a spectacular shot!! Well done Sandy! I find most warblers very difficult to capture. In addition to their quick movements they tend to hide in the branches making even more difficult to capture!

  • Awe,….thank you so much Blair! Yes, you are so right on how difficult they are to capture! It was so quick and quite often was behind heavily leaved branches. I believe the abundance of tiny flies kept the bird in the tree long enough, giving me a chance to capture it when it was on some of the more open branches. It was hard work to get a focus on her! lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so very much Luda! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 5 years ago

    Stunning capture Sandy

  • Thank you so much Barry! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 5 years ago

    Nice clear shot Sandy the color and detail is beautiful !

  • Thank you so very much Curtiss! It was not my favorite time of the day for shooting ( near noon), due to harsher shadowing, but when I saw this tiny bright bird out my window, I had to take advantage. It’s been back again today, but it is cloudy and too dark to bother. It is so exciting to see birds you’ve never seen before! Many kind thanks again Cutiss! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 5 years ago

    Please add a location to this lovely photo Sandy, for Canadiana

  • Oh sorry about that! All done now! Thank you Vickie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Sandy!!

  • Thank you so much Marvin! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot against the blue background, Sandy ! :)

  • Thank you so very much Stan! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...about 5 years ago

    Terrific capture. Please add a location to this as per Canadiana guidelines. ALL art must have a location on it.

  • Thank you so very much Bluenorther! Sorry,…I put the location on now! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderabout 5 years ago

    Excellent capture Sandy, looks stunning against the blue sky.

  • Thank you so very much Craig! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • CJTill
    CJTillabout 5 years ago

    A wonderful picture Sandy

  • Thank you so kindly Collin! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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