Back in August I complained about not getting the high quality images of vireos that I had wanted to get and just a few days later I was able to take a few photos of a Warbling Vireo I was happy with. Yesterday the Bird Photography Gods smiled down on me again…
Warbling Vireo perched on a Chokecherry branch – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I was taking images of a Plumbeous Vireo and hoping that it would come out into the open so I could get better images of that vireo species when I caught some movement with my peripheral vision above the Plumbeous and I decided to take the chance and look up to see what it was thinking I’d have my eyes back on the bird I had been photographing in no time.
I looked up and spotted a Warbling Vireo not only out in the open plus it had gorgeous fall colors in the background. I locked focus onto the vireo and started taking images in a long burst!
Autumn colors with a Warbling Vireo – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I couldn’t believe how fortunate I felt that the chokecherry leaves in the background had already started turning to the colors of fall and that the Warbling Vireo picked a branch to perch on that had very few obstructions or out of focus branches and leaves in front of it.
Plus, the vireo gave me views of it looking in two directions.
Warbling Vireo in front of fall colors – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I mentioned in my post yesterday that I have grown quite fond of vireos and after looking at these photos I’ve decided why, Warbling Vireos have “puppy dog” looking faces. Soft, innocent, sweet faces. Yeah, maybe that is a stretch for some people but for me it isn’t a stretch at all.
Perky Warbling Vireo in the Wasatch Mountains – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I only took forty-nine images of this Warbling Vireo before it flew off but this vireo made my morning and the rest of my day too!
Life is good.
Warbling Vireo information:
- Warbling Vireos are small songbirds with gray to olive-gray upper parts, white to cream underparts and some may have sides washed with light yellow. They have dark brown eyes with white to light eyebrows and faint dark eye lines.
- Warbling Vireos are migratory and they have a wide breeding range.
- The preferred habitats of Warbling Vireos include open woodlands, riparian habitats, shades trees and isolated groves.
- Warbling Vireos consume spiders, insects and some berries.
- Warbling Vireos lay 3 to 5 eggs which hatch in about 12 days. Both sexes incubate and they are monogamous.
- A group of vireos can be called a “call” of vireos.
- Populations are in decline because of sprayed pesticides.
- Warbling Vireos can live to be 13 years of age or older.