Monday, 9 April 2012

Bird in a Box - Common Yellowthroat

Another Spring has Sprung - and here is the first warbler of the year for me. A gorgeous, bright and shiny new common yellowthroat.


These are shy little birds, rarely seen, hiding out in thick vegetation, usually close to water. However, its "wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty, wich-i-ty"call is often heard warbling throughout the wetlands. Apparently the males, while looking rather naughty with their faces hidden behind their little black masks, are actually quite well behaved, committing themselves to just one female per breeding season. The unassuming females, on the other hand, show no such fidelity and like to play the field, often sharing her nest with more than one male.

Male common yellowthroat - I would like to point out that this bird really was this bright. To be honest, he was even brighter, and I actually tried to reduce the yellow saturation of his chest so that it didn't glow quite as much!

11 comments:

Sue H said...

What a beautiful bird. I've never seen one before, so thanks for sharing! Sue H

Gary said...

Great captures of a real beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

Great photos of a beautiful bird.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Such beautiful little birds, but the female sounds like quite a little hussy! ;)

Springman said...

Good point on using that de-saturation option! I'm more interested in how you achieved that nice black background, looks great!

Don't Bug Me! said...

Thanks everyone!
Springman - if you check a couple of posts back, you will find out how I got the black background and you will understand the title of the post!

nishiki_85 said...

Great images of the Common Yellowthroat! Still waiting for my first warbler of the year.

fjÀllripan said...

Fantastic photos of this beauty!!

Pat said...

Beautiful little bird!

Carolina said...

Such a beautiful bird. And an interesting lifestyle too ;-)

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

Wow .. another gorgeous bird. So ... 'Bird in a box' suggests these are captive? How did you manage that?