Bird species #138 on my life list was spotted making a very quiet, song-free “hop-fly-hop” circuit of my backyard from bush to tree to bush in the mid-morning hours of September 5, when the midsummer sun has a hard time piercing the collective shade of Douglas Firs. I chased this restless, understated beauty (who ironically appeared up just below my lens, but was too fast for me to get then) for 2 minutes from the second floor sunroom, pretty sure that even a long-distance shot would evade my best efforts. However, on its second “lap”, I finally nailed a shot of it perching on a slender branch, just above one of the potted artichoke plants.
why the name “orange-crowned” warbler? I’ve yet to see one with an orange crown!
f/6.3, 1/400, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400, flash on