Common Yellowthroat by Martin Smart

Featured in “Songbirds of North America” February 2010
Featured in “Alphabet Soup” December 2010
Featured in “Nature Photography Challenge” June 2012

The Common Yellowthroat is a New World warbler and breeds abundantly in North America. It is a small songbird that has an olive back, wings and tail, a yellow throat and chest and a white belly. The adult male has a black face mask that stretches from the sides of the neck across the eye and forehead. Females are similar in appearance but are paler underneath and lack the black mask.
The Common Yellowthroat breeds on marshes and other wet areas with dense low vegetation or shrub and lays 3-5 eggs in a cup-shaped nest. It feeds mainly on insects.
This image was taken at Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Canon 20D
1/640sec f8 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter

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  • PDPhoto
    PDPhotoabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Martin, perfect focusing, exposure & composition. I thought some of the Warblers we get here were attractive, but this one beats them hands down.

  • Thanks very much Paul, appreciate your comments, these are stunning little birds to watch and photograph!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsabout 5 years ago

    Excellent catchlight and focus, DoF is spot on as too the colour of the smooth backdrop.

  • Many thanks David, appreciate your comments as always!

    – Martin Smart

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeabout 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Martin Smart

  • JanT
    JanTabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful bird and photo! I can only echo Paul’s praise.

  • Thank you very much Jan, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Very nice detailed capture Martin, and nicely documented as well, love the bokeh background

  • Hi there Larry, thanks very much for your visit and comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Olga Zvereva
    Olga Zverevaabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful bird, Martin! Well done.

  • Thank you so much Olga, appreciate your support and comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 5 years ago

    very beautiful capture Martin!

  • Thank you very much Vickie!

    – Martin Smart

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesabout 5 years ago

    this is a beauty, martin!!

  • Thank you very much Victoria, glad you like it!

    – Martin Smart

  • leealanjudy
    leealanjudyabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot! Beautiful!

  • Thank you very much Lee!

    – Martin Smart

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47about 5 years ago

    Lovely photo.

  • Thank you very much Eeva!

    – Martin Smart

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