We found a very cooperative Prothonotary Warbler along the boardwalk at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area on the Erie shore in Ohio. One of those ones that starts out close and comes closer…all but too close for my 4 foot close focus. When processing the images I was struck with how much a Prothonotary Warbler in certain poses looks like one of those marshmallow candy chicks…Peeps. And of course I had to share that profound insight…which made a Day Poem.
Going through my photos from the morning
I came to a series of shots of a Prothonotary
Warbler, doing that thing where it sits on a
branch facing you and puffs its feathers out
so it is perfectly round, and it’s beak is all
forshortened against its face, and it has those
big black eyes like candy buttons and I thought,
“it looks just like one of those marshmallow
chicken chicks…” Peeps, I think they are
called. Prothonopeep? Peeponotary Warbler?
Something like that. I shared it with the
ZEISS crew and Melissa and Catherine
burst out laughing. I said, “you will never
be able to eat a Peep again.” Melissa said,
“I don’t eat Peeps anyway.” And Catherine
said, “Yes but you will never be able to
unsee that.” Prothonopeep or Peeponatary
Warbler, either way, either one. Indelible.
Sony RX10iv at 600mm. Program mode. 1/500th @ ISO 160 @ f4. Processed in Polarr.