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The Ruby-crowned Kinglet

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Photo Information
Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-26 11:05
Viewed: 2767
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) is a very small songbird.

Adults are olive-grey on the upperparts with light underparts, with a thin black bill and a short tail. They have white wing bars and a white broken eye ring. The adult male has a red patch on his crown which is usually only visible when he is agitated (see photo).

Their breeding habitat is coniferous forests across Canada, Alaska, northern New England and the western United States. They nest in a well-concealed hanging cup suspended from a conifer branch and may lay as many as twelve eggs in a clutch.

The recent counting indicates that the Ruby-crowned kinglet population is on the rise. This is mainly due to discovery of less disturbed territory farther north. This allows more successful breeding.

These birds migrate to the southern United States and Mexico. Some birds are permanent residents in the west.

They forage actively in trees or shrubs, mainly eating small insects and spiders, some berries and tree sap. They may hover over a branch while feeding and sometimes fly out to catch insects in flight.

Their song is a melodious warble and fairly loud, but at least in winter habitat, the most common vocalization is a wren-like scolding "jdit", often repeated several times in close succession.

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A nice capture, I just saw one of these little guys the other day! The image could be a little sharper though, I created a workshop!


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-04-26 12:54]

Hi Micra,

Nicely composed and exposed, just a slight oof. This is the female, which lacks the ruby spot on the head.
The workshop is overdone.


Hi Mircea,
it's a beautiful and cute bird, I thought they also have a yellow stripe on the head?
Also a nice pose, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-26 13:21]

Hi Mircea. Nice photo of this little bird, It is very dificult to take a photo of them, becouse they move to fast, and never state quiet for a moment.I can't see the red patch over his head. Luis52.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-26 14:28]

selam mircea; amazing shot and nice comp with nice colours.nice POV ,good BG and eye contact of this lovely bird. TFS
well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-26 16:44]

Hi Mircea. nice shot of the Kinglet. not a bird i have seen. good eye contact and colour. with a good background TFS well done.

Salut Mircea,
J'en ai vu ce matin mais impossible d'obtenir une photo convenable, ils n'arrêtent pas 2 minutes et sont minuscules. Comme il a déjà été dit, la nettetée n'est pas parfaite mais sachant combien il est difficile de les capturer, je te lève mon chapeau! Merci,

ce bijuterie, cum ai facut cu asta....

acolo aveti si speciile de la noi? sau


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