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.