Louisiana Waterthrush

1/1250s, f5.6, ISO 4000, Canon EOS-1D X, EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM

The Louisiana waterthrush is a New World warbler, those breeds in eastern North America and winters in the West Indies and Central America. The habitats it prefers are streams and their surroundings, and other wet areas. Louisiana waterthrushes prefer dense vegetation along the water's edge for nesting, since this provides the main protection of nest from predation. Louisiana waterthrushes nest in a rock crevice, mud bank or amongst tree roots, laying 4 to 6 eggs in a cup nest from late May to mid-June. Both parents construct the nest, which is built from wet, muddy leaves, pine needles, grass, and small twigs. The female Louisiana waterthrush incubates the eggs for 12 or 13 days. The fledging period lasts for 9 or 10 days, with both adults feeding the young for a further 4 weeks.
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