Male Yellow Warbler in Willows

Yellow Warbler in Willows, Summit County, UtahYellow Warbler in Willows – F8, 1/800, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last week while up in the mountain canyons with my Mom I didn’t have the best of luck photographing Yellow Warblers. Most of the brightly colored warblers were too far away to take high quality images of and the ones that were closer always seemed to be partially or totally hidden behind branches or leaves.

This male Yellow Warbler stayed at the top of a willow for quite some time but I was never able to get a completely clear view of him because a light breeze was moving the out of focus willows in the foreground around. Still, I liked this one frame of the warbler despite the out of focus willows in the foreground.

These vivid yellow birds can blend into their habitat so easily, one second you see them and the next you don’t. Hopefully I will have better luck with them the next time I head up into the Wasatch Mountains.

Life is good.



  1. Marty K May 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I like the way the bird rises up from the softer foreground image. I also really like his pose — kind of hunkered down and fluffed out — makes him look a little on the chubby side and that tickles me. 😀

  2. Elephants Child May 29, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Echoing Patty.

  3. Jane Chesebrough May 29, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Lovely shot, just the same. I am still trying to get my first one this year!

  4. Patty Chadwick May 29, 2018 at 10:40 am


  5. April Olson May 29, 2018 at 7:07 am

    I saw warblers everywhere and could not get a single good photo. They were either out of range or deep in the brush. It was still lovely to watch and listen to them sing. The colors are so springish.

  6. Bob mcpherson May 29, 2018 at 6:37 am


  7. Liz Cormack May 29, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Beautiful photo.

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