Sunday, March 7, 2010

Yellow-faced Wooblers


I miss 'my' Golden-cheeked Warblers! (someone actually thought their name was 'yellow faced wooblers, once) So now I shall devote a post to them. I'm having a difficult time with the reality that we're not going back to Hill Country this season to study these Federally Endangered birds. I never thought I'd miss it so much! We would either be driving there now or already there, so I'm pretty bummed about that. We spent the last three springs and summers there. There are soo many (really, a book should be written) excellent stories we've accumulated from the past three seasons that I'll always remember. I'm really hanging on to the fact that we might possibly be going to Mongolia for field work later this summer. If that actually happens (keep your fingers crossed that the grants go through, please) then I will feel a little bit better about the Texas thing. Nature Notes
Anyway, here's the GCWAs. Itty bitty warblers in really thick vegetation are pretty hard to get photos of. And I didn't take the camera into the field all that often for various reasons. These birds are all different birds, different ages, sexes, taken over a period of more or less 4 months. They require Ashe Juniper habitat and mixed oak areas. They nest in an extremely limited range, in southcentral Texas. I love these little guys!
My World Tuesday Mellow yellow. Abc Wednesday, H=Hill Country
(Singing his little heart out, below)
(Learning to forage on it's own, above So funny to watch them try to figure this out.)

90 comments:

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful and great pictures!!:-)

Tammie Lee said...

ah, your photos are lovely as can be. Such sweet critters!

Carolyn Ford said...

Ah! Beautiful! Such amazing birds!

Michael said...

Great pics of the Warblers. Or Wobblers as my mum calls them. ;)

Susan said...

Lovely little woblies1 Starting to get anxious to see some myself, as we've just had a wonderful, very spring like day!..Mind, Mongolia sounds pretty exotic too!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: What a great set of captures of the neat birds with the yellow face.

Seagull Steve said...

Epic shots, as always. I almost ended up doing GCWA/BCVI stuff this year....maybe in 2011?

Wren said...

I love these! I can see why you'd miss being in the hills this spring and summer.

Tes said...

Oh my, you take good pictures! Clear and vibrant. i can almost see the feathers ruffled! :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Such a pretty faced bird and love the images of the feathers out and ruffled!

January said...

gorgeous photos! love it!

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siromade08 said...

those are just lovely birds. tweet tweet...great shot of different angles.

Carver said...

I love these shots of the warblers. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the grants go through for you.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Golden-cheeked warblers
preening for the camera—
vain little critters!


Keep moving!

Debbie said...

Wonderful shots!~ They look so cute:)

Vernz said...

as always you have interesting and gorgeous subjects ... great captures..

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SandyCarlson said...

They are so gorgeous. Thanks.

Woody said...

Definitely has me thinking of Spring! Very beautiful little guys and girls.

Monkey Mommy said...

These pictures are very wonderful they are great looking birds

thanks for sharing

Manang Kim said...

I so love that color for a bird, that is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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Denise said...

These photos are fabulous and this is such a darling little bird. Mongolia sounds exciting, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Carletta said...

Wonderful shots as I've come to expect when visiting here. :)
I love the seventh one especially. The lighting is wonderful.
They certainly look like 'mellow' little fellows.

Lindz said...

they are so cute

AVCr8teur said...

Those are awesome close-ups! I've read your bio about your camera gear and I've been thinking about getting the Sigma 120-400mm, but looks like your 500mm really gets in close.

lina@women's perspectives said...

All are perfect birds pictures....great jobs :)

nice A said...

Such lovely creatures! And great captures of them.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I believe, each of these photos is a masterpiece in itself. You have real amazing bird photography here! I love it!!

connect world said...

Oh boy i love birds... this are so lovely. My Yellow Trees Here.

Anygen said...

Awesome. My entry here buddy. C u!!!

Fashion Gurl said...

Pretty over, perfect photographs. My MYM.

Cooks said...

Your entry is one of a kind, gorgeous! Hope to see u my entry.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful photos of a striking bird.

Lois said...

They are beautiful! We have been inundated with yellow rumped warblers around here lately.

life's journey said...

This is a pretty yellow bird. Happy MYM!

Fifi Flowers said...

Great photos... beautiful bird!

jason said...

I'm laughing my behind off at the 'yellow-faced woobler' idea! Too funny.

These are beautiful birds. Just gorgeous! You've really done a great job of capturing their amazing looks.

And you're always more than welcome to come visit these glorious birds. We don't mind sharing.

Deden said...

It needs a lot of guts and super gear to catch this type of scene.. I believe you have it both much.. I always love the picture that captured by the passion and guts.. well done.

foto CHIP *Birgitta* said...

Your birds are so wonderful!!

DoanLegacy said...

Gorgeous pictures of the birds

Stine in Ontario said...

Hood luck on the field trip to Mongolia! WOW! Am I ever jealous! Well, at least I know you'll be bringing back tons of wonderful photos.

Sistertex said...

Beautiful bird, great photos! I do not believe I've ever seen a yellow faced warbler around here!

JOE TODD said...

Outstanding photos and the beauty of nature

SmilingSally said...

Great shots.

elvira pajarola said...

I am just delighted by these "superlight flyers"....(new scientific name...!)

Soo joyful to look at them....you are a great artist; wow!!!!!

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my "superbuddies"...!
have a great week!!!
ciao ciao elvira

J Bar said...

Brilliant.
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ellen b said...

Your bird photography is amazing. Love every shot!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful images of delightfully beautiful birds~

Eden said...

Such great captures of beautiful birds. I love all your photos.

Matty said...

My favorite color is yellow, so of course I think this a beautiful bird.

Irene said...

Beautiful photos too bad you can't get to see them again.

Joanna said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am truly amazed at your lovely photos of birds. Excellent.

Self Sagacity said...

Love your photos! And who wouldn't? That is some professional shots to boot! Very glad you stopped by, it lead me to your blog.

Dances Of Dreams said...

Beautiful photos!

MyMaracas said...

I think I like the name Wooblers better LOL. I can see why you'd love these little guys. Great photos, too.

Good luck getting to Mongolia! Sounds like the trip of a lifetime. My son may be going there too, later this year. What are the odds.

Thanks for your visit and nice comment!

Jenn said...

Gorgeous shots... love them all. And woohoo for Mongolia. Would love to read all about it so am rooting and praying that this will happen for you. :-)

Randi said...

Lovely shots - such sweet birds. Love the yellow face.

Arija said...

Utterly delightful little birds an post!

gwendolen said...

Love the Wooblers :)

Vicky said...

They are very cute!!!

NicoleB said...

Those are some gorgeous little Beauties!
Lovely Photographs!

Jenn Jilks said...

Just adorable. I wrote a rant about changes to towns.

Samson said...

Lovely! Great set of photo's Jill

Marites said...

impressive captures! birds are so hard to photograph because they keep flitting everywhere. they look so adorable with the yellow feathers:) I do hope your grant will go through.

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photowannabe said...

Wonderful birds of the Hill country. Perhaps you should write a book.
Mongolia, how exciting. I hope the grants go through. It would be an amazing experience.

Pat said...

What great shots of those cute little birds!

Life with Kaishon said...

These images are simply stunning. Wow. Gorgeous!

Christine H. said...

Thank you so much for posting these. I saw some of these and wasn't sure what they were. Ever since I saw my first cedar waxwing I have been captivated by birds and want to learn more.

Stan Ski said...

These photo's are just so good.

Amy said...

Wonderful bird pix! And that juniper is glistening - thanks too for commenting on my "h" post!

Tumblewords: said...

Spectacular photos! They look like such happy little birds!

Merrie said...

They are so spectacularly adorable! How sad that they are endangered.

Andree said...

I'm saying little prayers for your Mongolia grant. I hope it comes through for selfish reasons: we'll get the photos!

And please write that book. I'll buy it for real. I photographed a warbler once by accident. So then I set out to get more, thinking, "Oh! That was pretty easy!" Well, you know I got nothing. Frankly, I have no idea how you got them!! But I'm glad you did.

Jama said...

I love your wonderful pictures of the bird, superb photography!

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Oh, they are absolutely beautiful!!!

Troy said...

Your little Hill County beauties look very Happy!

Great pics.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday Team, Thanks for joining us this week. Hope to see you back next week too!

Troy

Roger Owen Green said...

Pretty birds, posted on my birthday. thanks for the present.

jabblog said...

Glorious warblers - such pretty little birds! The prospect of Mongolia sounds exciting - fingers crossed, eh?

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Such great pictures. AWESOME!

Happy WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY!

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HOPE FOR GREAT LAKES NOW!

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Monika said...

awesome pics

Tarun Mitra said...

awesome series of birds..:

ksdoolittle said...

Amazing little things! I'll have to read up on them - we don't have them here! ~ks

ramblingwoods said...

I love the little wooblers... Great photos.. It reminds me of a story I can't print when we used to go down to the river to feed the ducks with my daughter. She was about 2 or so and having some issues with some words...the D in ducks was replaced with an F...LOL.. and she said it pretty clearly too...

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of the Warbler. Such a cute bird. I am so ready to see some warblers.

The Explorer said...

You really captured them is so many ways and all of them are lovely, and of course the bird itself.

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Leora said...

What beautiful, delightful birds. Yellow on a bird makes him so handsome.

Kerri said...

WOW - more amazing birds! Sooooo lovely!

Nydia said...

Oh, such lovely, delicate birds! So fragile and sweet!

Loved your post...

Kisses from Nydia.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Wow, thanks for all the awesome words, everyone. Glad you all like the woobler/warblers :) And thanks for the well wishes for Mongolia, too!

Lawstude said...

awesome shots. great job.

Joy K. said...

Great pictures, especially of the little guy figuring out how to forage.

Good luck on the Mongolia trip!