Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Golden-crowned Kinglets.

This was a bird that I’ve been gunning after for a long time. Golden-crowned Kinglets are tiny boreal forest birds. They are found throughout the year here in New England. Kinglets make a living in conifer trees and usually when I see them, they are high up and in the shadows. Thus getting good images is very challenging and my first attempts during the film days were dismal.

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Yesterday I had three working in the spruce trees behind the house. They accepted my presence with ease and did not mind being watched.

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Kinglets are very active, bobbing, weaving and fluttering about in the branches looking for tasty morsels.

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These birds are not much bigger than your thumb. Like the Chickadees of the north, they impress me that they can stay alive through the winter.

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That makes them tough as nails in my book.

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They are named for their golden crown, which is always visible, unlike their cousin, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet which displays its crown under certain conditions.

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Always active and always on the move, the Golden-crowned Kinglet gets the cool-dad award. He will take over feeding the brood of 8 to 9 fledgling and help feed the hen while she gets to work on a second clutch.

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14 comments:

Roy Norris said...

Superb images Steve, they are like our Goldcrest and probably just as difficult to photograph as they are never still.

Carol Mattingly said...

Superb is all I can say.

Noemí Padrón said...

Preciosas, todas, preciosas, siente uno ganas de volar al verlo...Muy bonitas


Abrazotes

Noemí

Jenny said...

Wonderful shots of a difficult subject Steve. These are very similar to our Goldcrest which are also always on the move and hard to photograph! The evergreen foliage sets them off beautifully!

Karen said...

What a sweet little bird. Your captures are excellent!

mick said...

Beautiful little birds and you were fortunate to see them so close and to be able to get such great photos.

eileeninmd said...

Steve, awesome captures of these cuties!

thewovenspoke said...

Great photos of a awesome little bird :)

Kelly said...

Fantastic photos, Steve! That second-to-last shot melts my heart!! :-)

grammie g said...

HI Steve...One I would love to see, but I don't now if they come here, not that far away though!!
Great shot's every one showing it's look all the way around!! Such a cool Dad!!
Grace

Connie Smiley said...

Fantastic shots! What a treat that must have been to see them up close.

Arija said...

Really wonderful shots of these very active little birds. You had great photo shoot! Isn't it satisfying when that happens?

CabinGirl said...

FINALLY got a chance to pop over to your blog and leave a note, Steve. These are amazing photos of a very tricky bird to capture. I just love them!

Judy said...

You got some great images!!!

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