Prothonotary Warbler by Bonnie T.  Barry

I took this photo of a Prothonotary Warbler at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area near the Whiskey Bay exit in the Atchafalaya Basin. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries ornithologists were netting and banding birds in their ongoing studies of songbirds in the area. Each bird was weighed, measured, checked for molting and sex determination, and then banded. All data is sent to a central processing information center in Maryland. It was a fascinating experience for me to witness this and to get a rare opportunity to take photos of these birds with, of all things, a macro lens.

Prothonotary warblers are named after Roman Catholic notaries who wear yellow vestments.

The songbird is a cavity nester which makes use of holes bored in trees by woodpeckers. They live in wooded swamps and surprisingly, if a fledgling falls into the water, it can swim to safety.These warblers make their summer homes throughout the eastern part of the United States.


  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful color!

  • Babcia
    Babciaalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Dennis Jones - CameraView
    Dennis Jones -...almost 5 years ago

    Great color and detail…Sharp too!!!!

  • John Absher
    John Absheralmost 5 years ago

    Love it!! Great shot Bonnie!! I’ve been hoping to get a shot of a prothonotary this year, but haven’t seen one yet. We don’t actually get very many of these through our area anyway, so to get an opportunity to get this close with no obstructions would really be cool. The colors are amazing!!

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous close up of this beauty. Amazing color and details!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Bonnie, this is an awesome capture of this warbler, so very colorful, and that eye so detailed…a definite first for the group, nicely documented as well…inst fave BTW

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture, Bonnie! Look at that color and that eye! Wow!

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture, Bonnie…

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful opportunity for you. We went to a ringing last year, very exciting for us.
    A really beautiful image of a gorgeous bird.

  • Aurora Pintore
    Aurora Pintorealmost 5 years ago

    wonderful picture !!!!

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