Bell's Vireo
Vireo bellii
The Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) occurs across much of the American mid west and southwest. Some of the far western populations are of a subspecies known as the Least Bell's Vireo which is considered endangered, but birds in Texas, such as the ones shown here, are very abundant in proper habitat. The shot on the right was taken near Fort Lancaster, Crockett Co., Texas, in June, 2005. It is a digital image taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4L IS lens and 2X extender. The bird was on the edge of mesquite woodland and briefly landed on an open perch.
The Bell's Vireo shown here was a captive bird. This bird was netted during banding operations, photographed, then banded and released just after this shot was taken. The bird was photographed in May, 1996, in Kinney Co., Texas, with a Canon T-90 and a 100mm Macro on Fuji Sensia film.
The Bell's Vireos in the next 8 shots were in Kinney Co., Texas in late June, 2009. One of these birds had already started to moult after the breeding season so it is starting to look a little scruffy, but other birds still look pretty good. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.
The next 3 shots of Bell's Vireo were taken in Big Bend National Park, Brewster Co., Texas, in May, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.