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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Photo Information
Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-10 9:50
Viewed: 3185
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) is a very small songbird.

Adults are olive-grey on the upperparts with light underparts, with a thin black bill and a short tail. They have white wing bars and a white broken eye ring. The adult male has a red patch on his crown which is usually only visible when he is agitated (see photo).

Their breeding habitat is coniferous forests across Canada, Alaska, northern New England and the western United States. They nest in a well-concealed hanging cup suspended from a conifer branch and may lay as many as twelve eggs in a clutch.

The recent counting indicates that the Ruby-crowned kinglet population is on the rise. This is mainly due to discovery of less disturbed territory farther north. This allows more successful breeding.

These birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico. Some birds are permanent residents in the west.

They forage actively in trees or shrubs, mainly eating small insects and spiders, some berries and tree sap. They may hover over a branch while feeding and sometimes fly out to catch insects in flight.

Their song is a melodious warble and fairly loud, but at least in winter habitat, the most common vocalization is a wren-like scolding "jdit", often repeated several times in close succession.

Saludos Luis52.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-10 10:02]

Hermoso pájaro Luis y bella compo, buenos detalles, excelente y luminoso bg. Saludos

What a lovely little birdie..
Good DOF and great composition

TFS Greetz Kristy

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-10 11:21]

Hello Luis,
Lovely close-up of this Kinglet in a nice pose. Excellent sharpness and it stands out very nicely against the background.
Difficult shot against the strong light which you have managed well athough the background is a bit bright. Nice composition.
TFS, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-10 12:44]

Hello Luis,
Thses kinglets are on the move all the time and are difficult to capture but this is a good shot in difficult light. This is also sharp and with good BG.
Nice one!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hermoso pajarillo Luis. Muy agradable el colorido y los detalles tan ínfimamente captados.
Buenas tardes.
Saludos, JL.

amazing shot...

Hello Luis, What a nice image of this kinglet. Also taken from a very nice pov. Apparantly very hard to capture which makes it even better. In my opinion the light background attracks much attention. In a little workshop I tried to underexpose it a little bit.
Regards, Jacob

Hello Luis,
I love those adorable birds that are not easy to photograph. I managed to catch only one and it was an Orange-Crowed Warbler. You caught excellent details in a superb composition. In an ideal world, it would have had a little light in its eye but it is really a minor nit and I know how hard it is to catch those birds. Before catching mine, I had to try 5 days in a row ;) Well done and thanks,

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