Sylvia Williams  

The elusive yellow bird by Sylvia Williams

July 2024 - The elusive yellow bird

July 2024 - Sylvia Williams


About the Image(s)

This is a prothonotary warbler. They are not uncommon in this area - but are difficult for me to shoot.
First, I tend not to be able to readily spot them - I rely on my daughter who is extremely good at spotting them.
Second , they tend to flit around quickly.
Third, and more frustratingly, I seem to always have an issue when I see one. I have seen these birds pose for me but the photo I get is extremely over exposed, under exposed, one time my camara battery chose that precise moment to die and another time, my focus locked up for a minute.
I do not have these issues with other subjects.

This photo has been modified in lightroom and ran through Topaz

1/1600 sec
focal length 400 mm

4 comments posted

Jim Overfield   Jim Overfield
(Group 9)
Beautiful image with great colors. I would say you were very successful in post processing this image.   Posted: 07/09/2024 17:04:40
Sylvia Williams   Sylvia Williams
Thank you! I feel like have a learned a great deal from these groups   Posted: 07/09/2024 19:19:23

Dr Ernoe Barsi   Dr Ernoe Barsi
This is a fantastic bird! Don't worry, there are particularly difficult subjects for everyone.   Posted: 07/10/2024 08:18:43

Kathleen Sewell   Kathleen Sewell
I'm happy you captured this beautiful warbler for us to see! You did an excellent job bringing out it's vivid yellow and iridescent blue!! Some birds are very 'flitty' which makes it extra special when get the shot! :)   Posted: 07/10/2024 17:44:28


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