04 Dec The Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Small Bird, Big Name
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a small bird with a big name.
Okay, maybe kinglet is appropriate for a small king, which in this case is about 4 1/4-in (11-cm) long.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets are very difficult to photograph. Besides being small, they’re incredibly acrobatic. They hop and flutter randomly about inside a tree, usually staying put for a second (or two).
By the time you find the bird in the viewfinder, it’s gone.
Persistence and patience are thus the keys to taking a photo. So far, I’ve taken hundreds of photos to end up with this one.
And I wish it were better.
Ideally, the bird’s head would be turned toward you and its ruby crown would be visible.
That means I have to go back.
You see, one of the benefits of bird photography is: There’s always a better photo waiting for you.
So if you see me in a park during December with my camera pointed at a tree, I’m probably waiting for a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Here are two excellent books about birds. I recommend both of them.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.
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