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.
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.