Belting It Out / Chestnut Sided Warbler

Gary Fairhead

Ottawa, Canada

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Warblers are such beautiful birds, so colorful and so tiny. They are also a challenge to photograph and I find May to June to be about it. Once the leaves on the trees are full and these birds are nesting its lucky to see them let alone photograph them. The Fall migration offers some more opportunities but many of the males are no longer in their vibrant mating colors by then.

So here is a Chestnut Sided Warbler and just one of the 28 or more types of Warbler that may be seen in my neck of the woods.( Eastern Canada) I think I have seen maybe just over a dozen. Count western Canada and the Continental USA and another 20 can be added to the variety.

This shot was taken with a Canon 50D and 400 F5.6 L and a 580EX Flash was used in high speed synch for fill (output of flash minimized to allow the existing light to remain as the main light source but will still fill in any shadows and higlite the bird’s eye)
ISO 200, 1/500 sec at F8, Flash Exposure Compensation set at -1 2/3

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