Everglades: Songbirds of Anhinga Trail – Warblers

Northern Parula (Parula americana) - Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida

Yesterday I looked at the flycatchers that can be seen and photographed on a regular basis at Anhinga Trail, so today we’ll look at the Wood Warblers.  These small, typically colorful birds can be extremely difficult to photograph.  Most prefer the canopy of tall trees and rarely come down to eye level.  Well, at Anhinga Trail there are no tall trees so you can get lucky and get a canopy loving species like a Northern Parula at eye level.


Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) - Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida

The obvious warbler that is commonly seen at Anhinga Trail is the marsh loving Common Yellowthroat.  These birds are ubiquitous here, though they are often difficult to photograph.  They are fast moving, like dense vegetation, and never stay in one position for long.  Photographing any of these warblers will be an exercise in quick and accurate focusing and require a ton of patience!

In winter, Palm Warblers are also very common.  They can be a little bit easier to photograph as they will forage in open ground and perch some of the small trees in the open.  They are easy to spot and identify due to the constant tail flicking.  I’ve had decent luck with these birds feeding in the reeds, on the ground, in willows, and even in a small pond apple.  Be patient and position yourself so as the bird feeds, it works towards you.

Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum) - Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida

I have also seen and photographed Northern Waterthrush, though I didn’t get any new photos of one this year.  You might also spot a Black and White Warbler in the trees and of course a trip into the Gumbo Limbo Trail can be even more rewarding, though it can be difficult photographic conditions since it’s so dense and dark.  Also in migration, warbler numbers can increase rapidly but heron and egret numbers at Anhinga Trail have decreased and the mosquito population has become hungry so if you visit, do so at your own risk.

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