Kip’s Comments 6-27-22

Prothonotary Warbler - Image 753671 (© Kip Ladage)


Two Days Later

Two days ago, while introducing one of my grandson’s to paddling a canoe, I spotted a stunning male prothonotary warbler that seemed to have claimed a small area of shoreline along the Wapsipinicon River. Early this morning, before the sun rose too high to create harsh light, I paddled out to that special area to watch for the warbler. Before I arrived at what I thought would be a good spot to watch for the warbler, I noticed him perched and singing on a dead tree lying in the river.       

For nearly 45-minutes I watched as the prothonotary warbler moved from branch to branch to pluck caterpillars and then to take flight to grab insects out of the air. Like dragonflies, the warbler seemed to have favorite perches making it easy to record many images. When I left the river to go to work, the bird was still on the hunt. What an opportunity!   

This picture was my favorite of the session. By using early morning light and dark shadows I was able to shoot all of my images with natural light.   

Prothonotary Warbler - Image 753671 (© Kip Ladage)

Prothonotary Warbler – Image 753671 (© Kip Ladage)


By the way…the prothonotary warbler was one of my most difficult warbler species to find and photograph. Today changed that. I will likely return to watch for a female. It would be great to know they nested in the area.


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