I went up north yesterday to photograph Burrowing Owls but because of road construction the owls were very skittish but on the way to Howell, Utah some Western Kingbirds kept me busy as two juveniles begged for food from an adult.
The juveniles flew in while I was photographing the adult and they took me by surprise. Fortunately I was able to lock onto this juvenile as it hovered in flight close to the perched adult.
And as the juvenile chattered away I got a nice series of images of it with green vegetation and a field of golden grain that had been harvested in the background.
The adult didn’t have prey when the juvenile flew in but that didn’t stop the juvenile from begging as it clung to the wooden post below the adult.
Then a second juvenile kingbird flew in and begged for food while it hovered near its sibling and the adult. This was all happening so quick that the buffer on my Nikon D810 started to fill and with that body that does not happen very often.
The adult kingbird and one of the juveniles flew off leaving this one still begging for food and when its cries weren’t answered it flew off too.
The adult flew back in to another perch nearby with what appears to be a green sweat bee which it gobbled up quickly. They need to eat too!
So even though I didn’t come home with many Burrowing Owls images yesterday these Western Kingbird images more than made up for it!
Life is good.