Tuesday, February 2

A Retro King

One of my favorite bird watching moments in '09 was on July 28th while out driving the dirt roads in farming country E of the Black Hills...

I came upon a fledgling Western kingbird perched on the fencing, next to a small cluster of trees...

As a drove at a creep, past the new prince, I realized there were birds in the nearby tree, flitting about and carrying on...it was the king (and/or queen), trying to distract me from their youngster...

I happened to snap the concerned parent as he/she flew from one branch to another, and it came out looking like a dive-bomb...I was definitely being distracted, watching the antics...

Giving me an earful from another perch...

Another 'ghost' shot as it flew to yet another spot in the tree. I took the hint and respectfully moved on.

6 comments:

  1. These are tough little guys. They think nothing of driving off the hawks who are much larger. Great photos.
    Marnie

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  2. Great post. I also love to watch birds while they are nesting and feeding their young. Great pictures.

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  3. Jann...The Mt. goat kid is so cute, it says to me "Spring, Spring, Spring"!!!

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  4. A great photo essay of the Kingbird fledgling with his protective parents. I love the Header, too!

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  5. Stunning little birds Jann, but also a stunning blue sky, just what I could do with:-)

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