Fast and Furious

BT Gnatcatcher 2Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

BT Gnatcatcher 1

I think these little pudgy guys are about as cute as can be with their little eyebrows. They are very tiny, very fast, and flit rapidly from branch to branch, hardly ever giving a clear view to someone with a camera.

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BT Gnatcatcher 4

They look a little different during breeding season when a black cap replaces the eyebrow look.

BT Gnatcatcher 5

OCWA 1Orange-crowned Warbler

OCWA 2

These warblers are common in the Phoenix area during the winter and leave for the summer. They, too, are very small and never stop moving. There are 2 who hang out in our yard, zipping through the mesquite tree, trying to avoid me.

OCWA 3

YRWA 1Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)

YRWA 3

Same with these little warblers. They’re all over the place in the winter and also are very quick, preferring to place obstacles between themselves and photographers.

YRWA 4

Verdin 2 9.30.15Verdin

Verdin 9.30.15

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And then there are our little acrobatic Verdin friends, not much larger than a hummingbird and always busy and on the go.

Verdin

It’s fun to watch all these little guys this time of year and very challenging to get a clear shot.

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5 thoughts on “Fast and Furious

  1. Despite their elusiveness, you have done a wonderful job of getting excellent close up pictures to these pretty birds. I would wonder how far they go when it gets hot.

  2. gosh, I’m often amazed. Yes, difficult to get a shot when they’re constantly on the move but you always succeed. I love warblers — or perhaps I should say I love their song. We get them here spring and summer. We also get gnatcatchers here on the west coast but I’m not sure of the particular type — I’ll have to look more closely to identify them. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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