Thursday, January 14, 2010

Being Patient

I am ambivalent about Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I love them because they're such beautiful little birds with big personalities. But I also find them frustrating because they are s
o hard to photograph: They seem to be in a state of perpetual motion hopping from branch to branch and twig to twig.

Now that a male Ruby-crowned is a frequent visitor to the feeders outside our living-room window,
I have been hoping to get a really good photo showing him and his ruby-colored crest.

Of course, he hasn't made it easy for me.

For one thing, he often hovers under the su
et feeder rather than perching on it.

Or he perches partly in the sun and partly in the shade.

Or he poses nicely but with his crest hidden.

However, everything came togethe
r on Tuesday and I finally got a couple of the shots I wanted.

I've always admired the photos of wildlife that you see in magazines and books. Now I'm beginning to appreciate how much patience must be involved in getting those kinds of pictures.


Pam said...

I love the second photo Jeff despite not being able to see the crest!

Jeff said...

Thanks, Pam. I suppose that one does have a kind of feeling of movement about it.

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Elizabeth said...

Fantastic pictures as always.

I recently moved to Utah, which is supposed to have Ruby-Crowned Kinglets. I hope, I hope! I put a suet feeder out yesterday.

Livin' La Vida Colombiana said...

Jeff, do you know if Ruby-Crowned Kinglets live in Oregon? Those pictures are amazing. I hope you're a bit less ambivalent now that you've gotten some good photos. They really are cute little birds.