Winter Palm Warbler

A palm warbler perches on a tree branch in early morning light
A palm warbler perches on a tree branch in early morning light. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the EOS-7D. ISO 640. Evaluative metering +2/3: 1/2000 sec. at f/7.1

Earlier this month I was happy to get some nice views of a wintering palm warbler, while photographing in the city of Redwood Shores, CA. This is a somewhat uncommon bird for this area, so I was excited when I confirmed the sighting after further research. My view was unobstructed and the lighting perfect – about an hour after sunrise with the low, winter sun directly behind me.

I shot quickly and furiously, trying to capture as many poses as possible before the bird flew off. I ended up with about 45 seconds of time before the little guy decided he’d had enough with the paparazzi. The following photos were taken at the same time, in the same tree. Thank God for 8 frames per second!

A palm warbler perches on a small twig of a tree
A palm warbler perches on a small twig of a tree. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the EOS-7D. ISO 640. Evaluative metering +2/3: 1/800 sec. at f/7.1
A palm warbler perches on wetland vegetation, showing off its yellow underside
A palm warbler perches on wetland vegetation, showing off its yellow underside. Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS lens with the EOS-7D. ISO 640. Evaluative metering +2/3: 1/1000 sec. at f/7.1