Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

December 24, 2009

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Filed under: behavior, Birds, composition, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light — richditch @ 10:36 am
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Both kinglet species present challenges to photographers due to their small size and over active movements. That’s partially compensated for by their fearlessness, so it is usually easy to get close to these tiny dynamos.

The “trick” for me is to keep trying, seeing if any particular kinglet I encounter is going to be the one that pauses momentarily in a good position while I’m pointing my lens at it.

This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was just such a bird on my visit to the Gilbert Water Ranch the afternoon of December 21, 2009. It was an overcast day with low light, and I’d not taken many shots when I came upon this kinglet in a small bush along the main trail. That small bush helped a lot as it limited the amount of territory the kinglet had available for its exploration, and it was sparse enough that I could actually get a decent view of the bird. I lucked out when it stopped moving in an open position and my auto focus lens locked on in time to take this frame.

Nikon D200, 300/2.8 AF-S Nikkor plus TC20E (2x), SB-800 flash, Gitzo tripod, ISO 400, 1/100th second at f/5.6, fill at -1.7 ev.

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1 Comment »

  1. Love it when the birds cooperate. Very nice photo! Dig the parallel lines.

    Comment by Bosque Bill — December 24, 2009 @ 12:47 pm


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