Yellow Warbler by Ryan Mense
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Yellow Warbler

May 10, 2019

When I parked at the small pond I frequent yesterday, about eight Sandhill Cranes flew over and then as I got out of my truck I noticed a Yellow Warbler skirting around the water's edge. After seeing that, I knew what I was going after the next few hours. The Blackbirds patrol the pond pretty well and don't like other birds coming around, so I wasn't expecting this to be easy. There were two or three YW that were persistent though. Unfortunately, they never got too close to me, and when they did I dropped the ball. This shot was manual focused through the grass and at the time I didn't think I had any sharp ones. I'm not totally sold on the image design but it does show their preferred environment well.

Captured with the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM on May 9, 2019 at 6:56 PM.

Raw processed in DPP4. Crop and vignette in Photoshop.

Canon-1D Mark IV
500mm · f/4.0 · 1/1000s · ISO 500
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