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I photographed this male hooded warbler at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area during a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries bird banding. It was a rare opportunity to see dozens of songbirds up close and to photograph them using a macro lens. An ornithologist provided interesting information about each bird as he banded the captives; it was an educational and entertaining morning.

The hooded warbler is among the most common in the Sherburne area which is part of the vast Atchafalaya Basin. The male has a yellow mask surrounded by a jet black hood, olive coloration on its back, and yellow plumage on its breast. These birds forage for insects on the ground, usually fanning their tails outward and then closing them during the hunting process. Males sing a rich, sweet song throughout the day from perches concealed by the density of the forest. Their breeding territory covers most of the eastern U.S.


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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Awesome detailed capture Bonnie in this background, and nicely documented as well…inst fave BTW!!!

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    Wow – - – what a GORGEOUS capture of this beautiful bird!!!!

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful sweetheART love it – inst fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Ralph Angelillo
    Ralph Angelilloover 4 years ago

    Superb image Bonnie !

  • inkedsandra
    inkedsandraover 4 years ago


  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 4 years ago

    Superb shot Bonnie!

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful portrait of this gorgeous little bird, Bonnie!!! Bravo, as always! ;o)

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Wow, stunning!

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 4 years ago

    Wow outstanding detail!!

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Lovely image and colour

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