Golden-crowned Kinglet

The morning was beautiful when I left for work. It was a sunny 47 degrees.

During the day, the wind kicked up. The chill in the air became downright frosty. By lunch, it was heavy coat weather but I still ventured out to Mineral Wells lake in my light-weight windbreaker. Devoted or seriously demented? Whatever, it was worth it.

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 28 December, 2012
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

Slight movement just off the path to the left. I stop and continue to watch. On a small lower branch is this little “olive” looking thing with what appeared to be yellow highlights on its feathers. KINGLET! Once I got the binos on him, it was confirmed. Golden-crowned Kinglet. Yellow and red on top of the head (male). Very distinctive. Another first find for me. Common or not in this area, this bird was in NEITHER of my Texas field guides. I pulled out the Sibley when I got home and BOOM. Really starting to love this guide. The Golden Field is still at the house but not forgotten. She was my first and first loves last forever.

My wife and I are proof of that… =0 ain’t that right honey.

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 28 December, 2012
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

The Kinglet is a very active bird. Constantly hunting and constantly in motion. The are another one of nature’s critters that you have to sit back and watch to enjoy. Fantastic little hunters. Gleaning and hawking. I watched this one find a magical discovery… no idea what it was but it must have been tasty.

Happy Birding,

Z

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