Wednesday, February 2, 2011

World Bird Wednesday: Prothonotary Warbler

Here is another bird I am looking forward to seeing again when spring migration wings its way through the Texas Gulf Coast in a couple of months. I spotted this pretty little female Prothonotary Warbler last spring at High Island.

Prothonotary Warbler - 4/16/2010
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)

As so often is the case in the world of birds, the male Prothonotary far outshines the female in terms of pure color and audacity. Unfortunately, the best shot I have yet to get of a male of the species pales in comparison to the image above. This one is from the year before, down at Brazos Bend State Park:

Prothonotary Warbler - 4/24/2009

With a little luck (and a whole lot of time and patience), I hope to get some better views of this radiant warbler once April rolls around again.

As always, you can click on any image to see a larger version.

For some great bird photos from around the world, check out this week's installment of World Bird Wednesday.


Sally in WA said...

Boy, they sure are bright yellow. Thanks for sharing these fine pics of the warblers.

theconstantwalker said...

What a beautiful little warbler so brightly coloured. Great images many thanks for sharing.

holdingmoments said...

A real beauty Kyle

Springman said...

Wow, it would be tough to get a shot any better than the first one but I see what you mean, catching the male would be on my mind too. I hope when you do its in that same golden light! I read a wonderful about a kayak trip down the Brozos river in Texas several years back that was very inspirational to me. Cheers!

Frank said...

The male in full breeding plumage is a corker. This is one warbler I failed to catch up with during a trip to High Island some years ago so thanks for sharing Kyle.

Gary said...

That shot of the female is a beaut!!! Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.