Juvenile Western Kingbird on a wireJuvenile Western Kingbird on a wire – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I don’t often have the opportunity to photograph juvenile Western Kingbirds but last week I did at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Box Elder County. There was a family group of Western Kingbirds near the road and some shrubs, some were very flighty but this young bird wasn’t and posed for several minutes on a strand of rusty barbed wire.

Western Kingbird juvenile on a barbed wire perchWestern Kingbird juvenile on a barbed wire perch – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The juveniles colors look softer, more delicately colored and they certainly don’t look as tyrannical as the adults do!  Normally I prefer natural perches when photographing birds but kingbirds love to perch on wires, I am just glad this wire is aged and rustic looking.

They might look sweet now but before long they will inflict as much tyranny on their prey as the adults.

Mia

9 Comments

  1. eric c11 August 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

    very nice and cute this little bird
    thnaks mia =)))

  2. Dave Sparks August 6, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Mia:
    I love the rusty perch and the butter smooth BG.

  3. Elephant's Child August 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Such soft and subtle colouration. Good camoflague for its less than soft character? Frivolity aside, this is a gorgeous bird. Thank you.

  4. Cheryl Valdez August 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Great shot, Mia. The juveniles are really beautiful with the subtle coloring.

  5. Utahbooklover August 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Great images, Mia. We have a few adults thar frequent our area. Fun to watch them chase away other birds, even much bigger crows!

  6. M. Firpi August 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Ah!! So the Western has this subtle yellow colour as opposed to the Eastern! Great to know!!

  7. Fern Culhane August 5, 2013 at 7:13 am

    It’s interesting to me to note how quickly I ascribe qualities such as innocence and sweetness, vulnerability, etc. to these pictures. I don’t think it is just the label of “juvenile” in the title that shifts my perceptions…but imagine that it does play a role. Thanks for this opportunity for musing, Mia!

  8. Bob Bushell August 5, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Absolutely beautiful, great photographer.

  9. Sonja Ross August 5, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I’ll have to look to see how the adults behave, but these do look sweet!

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