Western Kingbird on Barbed Wire

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Western Kingbirds (Tyrannus verticalis) appear to have had a wonderful nesting season here in Utah because there are plenty of young birds perching on wires and branches loudly demanding food from the frazzled looking adults.

When I first spotted this adult Western Kingbird on Mondayon the roadfrom the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge auto tour loopit was perched below a cross beam on an old fence and it appeared to be resting in the shade of the beam above it. Can’t say I blame the bird because at only 9:55 am the temperature was already close to 90.

When the Kingbird moved to this strand of barbed wire it kept the upper portion of its wings slightly away from its body, probably to help keep it cooler.

I was fairly close to this bird, I had to back my zoom up so the bird would fit in the frame without clipping parts of it and I selected f10 so I would have a bit more depth of field to get the bird and barbed wire sharply in focus.

Western Kingbird – Nikon D200, f10, 1/750, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 264mm, natural light

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Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

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Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

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