Springtime Eastern Kingbird

With the large volume of photos I take each month it feels like I am always behind on editing images to post here on my blog and in my galleries, these Eastern Kingbird images are from June of this year and I just got around to processing them this morning.

Eastern Kingbird with tilted headEastern Kingbird with tilted head – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The scientific name of Eastern Kingbirds is Tyrannus tyrannus, Tyrannus means “tyrant” and they are well named because they will harass any bird that comes near their nests including crows, ravens and much larger birds like hawks. They are fierce.

Eastern Kingbird perched on a wireEastern Kingbird perched on a wire – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Eastern Kingbirds feed primarily on insects and will “hawk” from wires, posts and branches to pounce on their prey. They also hover above the ground and then swoop down to snatch insects.

Eastern Kingbird with preyEastern Kingbird with prey – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The prey items I have seen Eastern Kingbirds with most often are dragonflies, crickets, grasshoppers and caterpillars.

Eastern Kingbird back viewEastern Kingbird back view – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Eastern Kingbirds are migratory and spend the winter in tropical locations. I haven’t been seeing many of them lately so perhaps they have already begun to migrate to the south.

Mia

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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.

18 Comments

  1. One of the nicest things about being back from my trip is being able to enjoy your lovely photos each day.

  2. Great series, Mia. I love kingbirds-they are handsome and regal.

  3. Exceptional images of the Eastern Kingbird! I’ve been seeing a lot them of late. They really are handsome looking birds.

  4. Mia, your record of posting and editing exceeds so many benchmarks by a long haul! I know what you’re saying about a backlog of photos, though.

  5. Super stuff! Favorite Kingbird in the states.

  6. They love barbed wire, don’t they? Your photos are so crisp and clear, Mia. I just love them.

  7. What a lovely bird, brilliant Mia.

  8. Thanks Mia! I learned some new bird facts today and saw some marvelous photos. I especially like the pose in the first image. Has a certain ‘Robert de Niro’ stare quality ;) Wonderful detail.

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