I photographed this Prothonotary Warbler building a nest in a dead tree at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. It is the only eastern warbler that nests in natural or artificial cavities.

Prothonotary Warbler Building Nest
Prothonotary Warbler Building Nest

How I Got The Shot – Prothonotary Warbler Building Nest

The Prothonotary Warbler is nesting in the Baker parking area near the water. This is also next to Sally Jones Lake.

I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM lens. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Taken on April 28, 2020, at 07:38 A.M.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 2000
  • Shutter speed – 1/640 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – +1/2 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm

Here is another photo I took of a Prothonotary Warbler: Prothonotary Warbler With Spider