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Townsend's warbler        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Townsend's warbler is a colorful breeder in the Pacific Northwest, and a fairly common winter resident in coastal California.   Most of these images are of migrant male photographed near Riverside, California -- bright birds in spring, duller ones on fall migration.   I photographed the other males (click here to see pictures of the less flamboyant females) near the Monterey Peninsula, one as it fed on the trunk of a pine tree; the other as it foraged on the lagoon beach at the mouth of the Big Sur River, in Andrew Molera State Park.   Photos of a particularly cooperative male are on this page.

  • Canon EOS1v, 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter, Elite Chrome Extra Color (2003)
  • Canon 10D, 1D4 or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter; fill-in flash (2011, 2015)