Four days ago I wrote about the difficulties I have had in obtaining high quality vireo photos, today I am sharing a Warbling Vireo image I took yesterday morning that I am happy with.
Warbling Vireo about to lift off – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I was using my Jeep as a mobile blind and had stopped in a location where I see quite a few different species of birds, I had been watching for a young Green-tailed Towhee to pop up on a brush pile that I could see the towhee moving around in.
Because of my quest to take better Warbling Vireo images I had played their calls and songs on my iBird Pro app while I was at home to familiarize myself with the sounds they make and I’m glad that I had taken that time to do that because while watching for that towhee to show itself when I heard the call of a Warbling Vireo and I could tell that it was fairly close.
I took my eye away from my camera’s viewfinder and I was able to locate to Warbling Vireo rather quickly by looking in the direction that I heard the call coming from and was pleased to see that the vireo was out in the open, had good light on it and that the setting it was in appealed to my sometimes overly critical eye. I locked focus on the bird and was able to take just eight photos before this vireo flew off into the trees on the other side of the dirt road.
I could wish that the Warbling Vireo had hung around longer so that I could have taken many more images of it but I’m thrilled that I was able to take any photos of the bird at all. My determination to obtain better photos of this species paid off yesterday.
If you listened to the call I linked to above you might wonder after the scratchy sound why this species was called Warbling Vireo so I am also linking to a recording of their song, give it a listen and you’ll hear how they got their name. Their song is much more pleasing to the ear than their calls.
Life is good.