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’s more at:
Here are two excellent books about birds. I recommend both of them.
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Please visit the web site for The Trust for Public Land to learn about what they’re doing.