Ruby-crowned Kinglet, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Small Bird, Big Name

Ruby-crowned Kinglet


Ruby-crowned Kinglet in blog titled "Small Bird, Big Name" (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Ruby-crowned Kinglet


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.

Much success,

Steve Kaye


Birding Resources

Here are two excellent books about birds. I recommend both of them.

101 Ways to Help Birds, by Laura Erickson

The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation, by Daniel J. Lebbin, etal.


Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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1Comment
  • Candy Groat
    Posted at 13:46h, 16 January

    I love your blog, Steve! Why don’t you talk about the blog at the upcoming audubon meeting.

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