Photographing the Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Each year, with the onset of spring migration, new and exciting opportunities arise to photograph and watch a variety of birds not seen before. This spring I was able to photograph a ruby crowned kinglet, a bird I admittedly had a heck of a time identifying, let alone photographing. A fairly abundant bird but one I had not really noticed before in my yard until this spring.

This tiny little bird, not much bigger than a large hummingbird, was frequenting my suet cake feeder numerous times a day. I had not used a suet style feeder before until this year and was quite surprised at how much it has been used by the birds in my yard.

The hardest problem in photographing this beautiful and so very tiny bird was the common ailment of the outdoor photographer, adequate light. These birds, like most other birds, like to stay in the thick bushes, helping them to avoid any predators near the feeder. The result was shadows and low light and coupled with a string of cloudy days my efforts to photograph the ruby crowned kinglet was met with harsh resistance.

I was able to get a few photographs of the ruby crowned kinglet before he seemingly left for greener pastures as I haven’t seen him since these pictures were taken. I hope this isn’t the last I see of him.

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A ruby crowned kinglet coming in to my suet feeder.

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Portrait of a ruby crowned kinglet.

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a posing ruby crowned kinglet.

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Not much bigger than a hummingbird, the ruby crowned kinglet.

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Ruby crowned kinglet.
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Ruby crowned kinglet

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Ruby crowned kinglet.

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Ruby crowned kinglet perched near the feeder.