Eastern Kingbird Hawking Insects From A Fence In Northern Utah

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Eastern Kingbird hawking insects from a fenceEastern Kingbird hawking insects from a fence – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I haven’t photographed many kingbirds this year which in itself seems a little odd but I am also not seeing them in locations where I have seen them in the past and when I do see them they have been especially skittish. Not finding them in locations where they were abundant in previous years is probably related to their prey being absent in those locations.

Two days ago I was able to photograph an Eastern Kingbird hawking insects from a fence on my way out of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and I loved that I had one out of focus sunflower in the background of the frame. The tans color in the background is dried grasses.

The gape on this kingbird is pinkish so I believe this bird hatched earlier this year and it has already become a proficient hunter.

Life is good.

Mia

6 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child August 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Love that ‘lert focus.

  2. April Olson August 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Very nice. I was just commenting that there are not as many King Birds surrounding the BRMBR. Usually the fences are covered with birds hunting.

  3. Carol August 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Enjoyed seeing this bird up close. Nice picture!!

  4. Patty Chadwick August 14, 2016 at 8:15 am

    The blurred sunflower adds such a nice touch of soft gold…really sets the subtle colors of the bitd off sobwell…

  5. Bob McPherson August 14, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia.

  6. Liz Cormack August 14, 2016 at 5:03 am

    I, too, have not seen kingbirds where they used to be but have seen them in places they have never been before. Climate change? Great photo as always.

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