Western Kingbird perchingPerched 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!