The ever present, but still elusive, kinglets!


Now you may recall, gentle reader, that I spoke about those elusive owls. Today’s bird, the Golden-crowned Kinglet (and its close cousin, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet) can be readily heard and seen on Canada’s Wet Coast (this is not a typo). But this bird is elusive to a specific kind of creature, namely the wildlife photographer. The reason is quite simple: They almost never stop moving and they move quite fast. And as the picture above demonstrates, they live among the branches, which tends to throw off my camera’s autofocus, even though it is normally quite good at latching on to the right target. I hear that some of the better models (especially if they came out recently) can do far better.

In any event, I got an adequate photo of this one, but would very much like to get a shot one of these days that is much less cluttered.

Golden-crowned Kinglet (français, Roitelet à couronne dorée / scientific name, Regulus satrapa), Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 21, 2014. Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 1100, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/500). Not baited, called in or set up.


3 thoughts on “The ever present, but still elusive, kinglets!

    1. Interesting comment, Stephen! I have seen both the Goldcrest and Firecrest in my various European travels, and they are indeed remarkably similar to our kinglets. In fact, certain individuals of the Firecrest and Golden-crowned Kinglet species look so similar that I wonder how they ever determined that they were different species.

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