Western Kingbird with a Hint of Black Mustard

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Western Kingbird with Black Mustard in the backgroundWestern Kingbird with Black Mustard in the background – Nikon D810, f9, 1/1000, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday morning while in Box Elder County I was delighted to photograph a Western Kingbird with a hint of Black Mustard in the background as it perched on a fence near the road. I love it when the wild mustard is in bloom here in Utah because it can create colorful backgrounds and even when it is out of focus like it is in this image the thin stems and small flowers can create a lacy, delicate pattern throughout the frame.

This is one of my first images of Western Kingbirds this year and I also saw an Eastern Kingbird too yesterday morning and can’t wait to create more photographs of the kingbirds of Utah this breeding season.

Life is good.



  1. April Olson May 21, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I love the contrast of the softness, the colors and the soft feathers of the bird and the harshness, the barbed wire.

  2. Liv May 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    It’s so cute! Keep it up 🙂

  3. Elephant's Child May 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Just glorious.

  4. Utahbooklover May 19, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    The kingbird is one of my favorites. It only took a moment to connect the
    “hint of black mustard” in your subject line with the wonderful image.

  5. Kathryn Duchene May 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Oh, what a beautiful bird and photo. I love the colours and the softness of the bird and background with the dark strand of wire. It is lovely.

  6. Patty Chadwick May 19, 2016 at 8:11 am

    What a cute, cute image! That’s such a pretty, curvy little bird…love it!–even though the perch is that darned Devil’s wire…I don’t cringe as much when it’s a small bird sitting on the stuff as I do is it’s something bigger, like an owl…I hate to see owls anywhere near the damned stuff…

  7. Bob McPherson May 19, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Gorgeous photo Mia. He was all fluffed up for you.

  8. Liz Cormack May 19, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Beautiful. I think the Western Kingbirds are prettier than the Eastern ones….softer colouring.

  9. David Sparks May 19, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I love the complementary colors and texture of the background.

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