Western Kingbirds – My FOY

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!



  1. Kathleen Finnerty February 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Love the coloration on your Kingbird. It looks like it was airbrushed – a perfect blend!

    • Mia McPherson February 25, 2012 at 5:57 am

      Kathy, thanks for commenting on this. Western Kingbirds are lovely, I hope to have more opportunities with them this year than I had lasy summer.

  2. Julie Brown May 3, 2011 at 2:48 am

    What a handsome bird! I love the coloring, and would love to see one myself.

  3. Kah Wai Lin May 2, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Nice kingbirds shot!

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