Prairie Warbler

This set of images was photographed during a recent Ray Hennessey field trip that I attended. I took a lot of photos of birds that morning. I am still reviewing each shot to find keepers.

The birds fly quickly between the branches of the low trees eating insects. When they stopped, I had just seconds to compose my photograph and push the shutter. I had the frame rate of the Fujifilm X-T2 set on continuous high with camera mode set to performance boost. The camera is shooting at 11 frames per second.

The Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) is a small songbird found in New Jersey during the breeding season. It prefers open habitats such as shrubby areas, young forests, and grasslands with scattered trees. The male Prairie Warbler has yellow underparts with streaks on the sides, a yellow face with a black eyeline, and olive-green upperparts. Females and juveniles have duller plumage. They feed primarily on insects and spiders, foraging in shrubs and low vegetation.

During migration, Prairie Warblers travel to Central and South America. In New Jersey, they build cup-shaped nests in shrubs or low trees using grass, leaves, and twigs. Prairie Warblers are territorial during the breeding season and use distinctive songs to communicate and defend their territory.

Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) · 27 April 2019 · FujiFilm X-T2 · XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

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  3. I think what you’ve got there is a prairie warbler. With the black mask and the rusty shoulder patch. (I’d peg it as a Townsend warbler if we were on the west coast.) check it out on the Cornell Ornithology site.

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