Perched Eastern Kingbird

I always look forward to seeing and photographing Eastern Kingbirds (Tyrannus tyrannus) during the warmer months of the year. I was fortunate to see a few yesterday at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in northern Utah.

Perched Eastern KingbirdPerched Eastern Kingbird – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Eastern Kingbirds and their close relative; Western Kingbirds, are not timid, in fact the will chase off and attack much larger birds than themselves.

This bird was kind enough to perch on an old, weatherworn fencepost yesterday and I couldn’t resist photographing it.


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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. I love kingbirds! Is it unusual to get easterns that far west?

    • Julie, Westerns stay mostly out west but Eastern Kingbirds range from the East Coast to the West. They number a bit less out here than the Westerns but they are not at all uncommon. Thanks for commenting!

  2. I love these birds too (have one that hangs out on the deck of new house) I love how you captured his eye watching you.

  3. What a smart snazzy little bird he the shot..

  4. What a perfect shot… every feather… Lovely. Thanks for sharing such treasures with us.

  5. Absolutely love these birds! Great shot, you do em’ proud.

  6. Susan Dietrich Schneider

    Mia ~
    I love it that you glorify the common birds as well as the rare!

  7. What luck, Mia! We want it on a fence post too but they are always on the wire fence.
    Great pic!

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