I always enjoy it when I can create a better image of a bird , mammal, landscape, verses what I have captured in the past. It helps me to gauge my growth as a photographer, but more importantly... my skills of being a naturalist. Understanding your subject and its surroundings are key elements in creating a better image. Getting closer to your subject without spooking it and knowing their habits will greatly increase your chances of creating that image of a life-time. Here is my latest and best image of a Chestnut-sided Warbler.
The Chestnut-sided Warbler is one of the few wood warbler species that has benefited from deforestation, because it depends on deciduous second-growth and forest edges for breeding. Once a rare bird, it is more common now than it was in the early 19th century. They nest only a few feet off the ground in small deciduous trees and shrubs.
- On the wintering grounds in Central America the Chestnut-sided Warbler joins in mixed-species foraging flocks with the resident antwrens and tropical warblers. An individual warbler will return to the same area in subsequent years, joining back up with the same foraging flock it associated with the year before.
- The Chestnut-sided Warbler sings two basic song types: one is accented at the end (the pleased-to-MEETCHA song), and the other is not. The accented songs are used primarily to attract a female and decrease in frequency once nesting is well under way. The unaccented songs are used mostly in territory defense and aggressive encounters with other males. Some males sing only unaccented songs, and they are less successful at securing mates than males that sing both songs.
- The oldest recorded Chestnut-sided Warbler was at least 6 years, 11 months old when it was found in Rhode Island in 1980. It had been banded in the same state in 1973.