Western Kingbirds On The Wing

A Western Kingbird adult landing on sagebrushA Western Kingbird adult landing on sagebrush – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

I had fun photographing Western Kingbirds again yesterday on Antelope Island State Park and hours later I was still hearing their calls in my mind. They chatter and squeak a lot and they also spend a lot of time taking off and landing. Yesterday I focused on landing, take offs and flight shots. The sagebrush in the image above seems to be a favorite perch.

A Western Kingbird adult landing on a sign postA Western Kingbird adult landing on a sign post – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

But they also like fence posts and sign posts too. This Western Kingbird came in to land on the sign post and judging by the position of its feet I think it almost missed the landing.

A Western Kingbird on the wingA Western Kingbird on the wing – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/4000, ISO 500, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

I did get a few flight shots yesterday but I liked this one the most because of the wing position, the head turn and the eye contact. That over the wing look gets me every time. I always enjoy getting photographs of Western Kingbirds on the wing.

Life is good.


I will be away for a bit and will try to post from the road. Okay not actually from the road because that would impede traffic. 🙂


  1. Utahbooklover June 1, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Fun images of one of my favorite birds we sometimes see. Enjoyed hearing their sounds too.

  2. Elephant's Child June 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Gorgeous. And I love the almost flirtaceous over the shoulder look.

  3. Nancy Collins June 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Beauties Mia!

  4. Patty Chadwick June 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    ” not from the road, because that would impede traffic”…funny!!! Love shot of landing on the post, landing gear out front, the weathered wood, the braking ailerons, the tail feathers aligned with the slant of the post…all good!!!

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