Western Kingbirds – My FOY

Western Kingbird perching

Perched Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) –  Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I get easily excited about seeing and photographing birds and I get even more delighted when I get to see a first of the year (FOY) bird like the Western Kingbird above. I spotted two Western Kingbirds today perched on dried vegetation. While I observed them one of the kingbirds was actively hawking insects, swooping towards a bug then perching until it saw the next insect. I love the colors of these birds, the soft muted grays and yellows is very appealing to me.  I am looking forward to photographing them while they are here and listening to their chattering calls.

Shouldn’t be too long before I start seeing Eastern Kingbirds too!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Love the coloration on your Kingbird. It looks like it was airbrushed – a perfect blend!

  2. What a handsome bird! I love the coloring, and would love to see one myself.

  3. Nice kingbirds shot!

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