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It was a busy week-end with little to no time spent on the computer. Of course Photography figured high on my list of things to do this past week-end.

The Super Moon was number 1 on my list and I made plans months ago to shoot it with friends in Central Valley Calif.  We were a large group and while waiting for the group to assemble before heading to our chosen shooting location I was photographing little birds in a nearby bush.

A friend and I spied a little flighty bird hopping from one branch to the next all the while staying deep in the foliage.  I thought it might be a Warbler of some sort, but couldn’t be sure until I got a better look.  I watched and waited hoping it would come out just for one good look and image. A little patience paid off.  It showed itself in the open less than a minute! I managed to get only 3 frames of it hoping with fingers crossed that just one of those frames would be good.

Imagine my delight at finding I liked all three well enough to keep and share!

Then late last night I was trying to catch up with blogs and emails and read Donna’s post about her latest birding adventure and there in her images was a bird that looked just like the little bird I photographed that very afternoon!

I pulled out my Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America to compare my bird, and Donna’s bird with the Field Guide to see if I had a match and positive identification.  I believe so!  If true then this bird is a new ” Lifer” for me! An exciting spotting indeed! Thank you Donna!

Without further ado I present a Ruby-crowned Kinglet with the 3 images I made:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

If you think this is different bird please let me know!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film|

More to come…



  1. Oh my goodness what amazing shots you got! This bird resembles the one I was stalking last summer. It would flit into view for a nanosecond and then back into the bush.

  2. Sweet pretty bird..

  3. So sweet! wonderful Deborah

  4. Beautiful captures, Deborah! I’m so happy the little bird gave you a few seconds in the open. The photo with the open wings is particularly magical. 🙂

  5. Congrats on your lifer, they are sweet shots.

  6. I looked af each several times, trying to pick a favorite one. No can do. I love all three. The expression, the beauty and the power of a little bird’s wings, all beautiful. Nicely done!

  7. Your fantastic photographs look like we could touch the feathers on this dear little bird. 🙂 I like it’s name, Deborah. Often birds have cool names given for quite small details in their feathers. I truly loved the trio of photos!

    • Thank you so much Robin! I wish I had seen the Ruby spot on its crown that this bird gets its name for. Perhaps one day I will. 🙂

  8. Great capture!

  9. I’m with you. Of course, I’ve never seen a Ruby-crowned kinglet till now. Thanks, glad you caught it.

  10. Wonderful RC Kinglet captures, Deborah! Even a flash of full wing, awesome!! My understanding is the male and female look alike, except for the male has the ‘ruby-crown’ that is hidden in the back of his head feathers; unless he flashes it, you cannot tell the difference. Best chance to see is when he’ll flash it in the spring and summer as he excitedly sings for a lady! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Donna! It’s more of migrant bird here so I don’t know if seeing one with its Ruby crown showing is even possible here.

      I think it’s really neat that we both saw one this month on opposite sides of the country and it’s a Lifer for us both! 🙂

  11. If it is, it’s a female. It looks a lot like an American Goldfinch except the beak is a bit long.

    • Thanks Bunty!
      The orangish feet, and wing bar also are like the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Unfortunately I didn’t see the ruby spot on its crown. It was hidden or it’s a female as you say.

  12. So wonderful to get three great shots; terrific focus and light! Cute bird too.

    • Thank you so much Geo! It’s rare that I get even one keeper when the sighting happens in seconds!

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