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Ruby-crowned Kinglet (male)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (male)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-04-25 18:21
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Today I made the two hour trip up to Magee Marsh just to see if any migrating birds had arrived. It rained almost the whole way up and was pretty windy and cold as well.

I saw a few Bald Eagles flying overhead while traveling the interstate, but the nasty weather seemed to halt any hopes for the smaller migrants.

I was thrilled to get a shot of this male Ruby-crowned Kinglet with it's crest feathers fully flared out. Most of the time you have to look very close just to see any sign of it's almost hidden crest. The only times it is easily visible is when the male gets aroused. This particular bird had just encountered another male and was momentarily flashing his colors.

Kinglets seem to prefer coniferous forest during the summer while switching to thickets and deciduous forest in the winter months. Virtually absent in Ohio in the winter months, they can often be seen during the spring migration.

I will post in a WS an image showing what it looks like with it's crest in the normal position.

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Nice colours and composition. It is a very small bird, so well done for getting it so sharp.

Ciao Ron, lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Ron,
Très belle publication remarquable pour la finesse de ses détails et la délicatesse de ses couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ron,

You are so lucky to get such prominent crowned! Not an easy shot among such busy branches, but you have captured it very nicely. Excellent color and details as well as sharpness. It's typical beak showing its main food its insects and its pose showing how restless is this species. Good work...
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

A true "delicatessen", Ron. From the technical point of view you have accomplished a very difficult approach between this hell of twigs vying attention of the lens. From the artistic point of view, you've always known resolving the disposition of the subject (the little bird in this case) in a square format (typical of Tuslaw I -why your nickname is "Tuslaw" -?) And the choice of a strong focus on head and chest of this Kinglet creates a great sense of depth and the impression that we are observing the bird face to face, to no more than a palm away. Awesome feeling of closeness. All congratulations American friend !!!

Hernán Bortondello

PS Your tupinambis photo is beautiful, with a focus and a colorful unbelievable, and I criticize you, as it should: but am researching what kind of variety is; because their coloring is very different from that of the lizard I photographed. :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-04-26 12:43]

Hi Ron,a magnificent bird that seems a toy,so curious and nice and with this orange crown so beautiful! Perfect capture despite the difficult location,the details are fantastic,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ron,

Both photos, this one and the one of the WS are great
showing its crest feathers in different poses, here the
eye-contact with you it is beautiful, TFS


Hi Ron,

Nice composition ,bright colors and sharp.

Thanks for sharing.

Hello Ron,

excellent image of this bird, I like the colors of the head feathers, very nice composition,

Best regards,


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-04-28 18:11]

Hi Ron
Amazing! What a beautiful bird, unknown to me.
The orange crown must be a distinctive.


Oh great! You got one of them and in right action!!?!!! Oh I am missing so many good pictures now a days!
This is brilliant, Ron. I had met this tiny, super busy bird once in Tennessee (just a glimpse).. and one in Massachusetts (oh how I spent 90 minutes just for a record shot). I never knew the ID until I checked with Massachusetts Audubon Society and got to know them. Surprisingly, the search ended with a cute gift.. the bird has my name it it! *shy* And look at you! You caught the best out of his beauty! Congratulations, Ron! Someday me too. :( :P

Keep posting. I will try to stop by every now and then. :D

Keep smiling! Take care.


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