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.