As a wildlife photographer, I had the opportunity to capture a stunning shot of a Prothonotary Warbler during my recent visit to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It was a memorable moment as the bird came close to my pickup while I was photographing a Barred Owl.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

What struck me the most about this species is how they seem to be unfazed by the presence of humans. In fact, the Prothonotary Warbler has a reputation for being quite tolerant of people, which makes them a fascinating subject for photography.

As I learned from my research, these birds are not only comfortable around humans, but they also seem to have a curious nature. Whenever I am in their territory, they often come out to investigate, allowing me to capture some truly stunning shots.

Overall, my experience with the Prothonotary Warbler has been nothing short of amazing, and I am grateful for the opportunity to capture these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
  • Exposure Compensation: +1/2 
  • Focal Length – 500 mm