A Bright Yellow Prothonotary Warbler

By | August 9, 2019

This Bright Yellow Prothonotary Warbler landed in front of me while I was photographing a Great Blue Heron. I was at the Sally Jones West Causeway which is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

A Bright Yellow Prothonotary Warbler
A Bright Yellow Prothonotary Warbler

The Prothonotary Warbler is a common bird at this refuge. They are also known as “swamp warblers” because they like flooded forests, forested swamps, and forests close to ponds and streams.

How I Got The Shot – A Bright Yellow Prothonotary Warbler

When this Prothonotary Warbler landed in front of me, I was fortunate. I had my camera lying on a bean bag draped over my pickup truck’s open window. I was taking pictures of a Great Blue Heron. To get the shot, I just had to shift my camera a little. Theses birds like to move through thick cover which makes it difficult to get a clean photo. If I hadn’t been setup already with my camera I would not have gotten this shot. It didn’t stick around very long before continuing on its way looking for food.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 2500
  • Shutter speed – 1/1600 per second
  • -.03 exposure value
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

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