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Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-15 11:51
Viewed: 3147
Points: 44
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Back to summer for me, I was called out to work at midnight last night so I'm off to bed, Have a great day.

Western Kingbird
Tyrannus verticalis
General Description

By Jim Davis

The Western Kingbird breeds in the western United States, and in the southern limits of the four western Canadian Provinces. In Alberta it breeds in the southeast prairie grasslands.

The preferred habitat is dry rangeland, with adjacent trees, poles, or buildings on which to perch. It has benefited from agricultural land clearing. It migrates to winter in Mexico, Florida, and Costa Rica.

The diet consists of insects and berries.

The nest is built by the pair on a horizontal branch near the trunk of a tree, in a shrub, or in a man-made structure. The nest appears bulky and is constructed with grass and other fibrous material, lined with finer material in the shape of a cup. The female lays 3-5 white-creamy-pink eggs, mottled with brown-grey-lavender. Several pairs may nest nearby. The nest is rarely parasitized by Cowbirds

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-15 11:56]

Hi Rick, A good close up of the Kingbird this is a new one for me so thanks for posting it. a fine well detailed shot. with good natural looking colours. a good pose with its head turened around. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-15 11:57]

Hello Rick,
great shot of this Kingbird.
Superb eye-contact and pose.
Excellent sharpness and focusing.
I like the DOF.
Well done,

Merry Christmas Rick, Great work!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-15 12:17]

Bonjour Rick,
Bravo pour cette belle photo. La pose de l'oiseau est superbe et la composition est jolie.


Hello Rick,
Splendid bird, perfectly photographed, very clear and neat , perfect focus and ideal deeph of field, lovely pose and wnderfull composition,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-15 13:21]

Hi Rick,

I don't think I have seen this species before. He really is a fine looking bird and is posing beautifully for you. His colors are soft and lovely. Looks great against your background.


This one looks perched on Buckwheat...is that what it is? A long bird...sort of what the equalization in mens pants..long waisted.....gives him stature and regal appearance.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-15 14:05]

Hi Rick, great shot of this bird, with a beautiful creamy background and a nice branch to sit on! Nice composition going through the frame, thank you and rest yourself!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-15 14:27]

Hola Rick. Nice pose, exelent work here. I also like the Bg.
Have a nice Weekend.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-12-15 20:43]

Salut Rick,
Quelle superbe photo. Le détail, l'environnement et le BG est tout simplement superbe.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-15 22:38]

Hi Rick

Great POV with very nice detail.



Hello Rick,
A fine pose and a well balanced composition!
I like the feeling of depth in the image, the bird stands out really well...
Good colour palette, sharp fine details!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-16 0:55]

Hello Rick,
Nice capture of a Western Kingbird in great lighting and with good sharpness. The bokeh BG really lets it stand out in this superb composition.
Nice one from the summer of a species new to me, though I have seen the E. Kingbird long before I took up photography.
Thanks and have a good Sunday rest after your midnight call,

Hello Rick,
Beautiful bird. Good composition. Do like the background.

A summer reminder is always welcome. This is an attractive bird with which I am unfamiliar. I love your simple composition and pose and the lovely soft background.

Evelynn : )

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-16 14:39]

Hi Rick
Excellent presentation.Graet pause from that species I had never seen before.As usual sharp image whit excellent details.
TFS Michel

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-16 18:49]

Hi Rick,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Kingbird with sharp details and colours on its plumage. Perfect lighting and exposure with the neutral BG highlighting the subjects immaculately. Excellent POV presents this great view. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-17 0:45]

Hi Rick,
a great composition here, with an excellent DOF and neutrail background that really makes this Kingbird stand out! Very well done,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-17 2:24]

Hello Rick,
Excellent photo of this Kingbird. Very good sharpness and great natural colours. Nice eye/contact. Fantastic BG, POV and composition.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-18 4:40]

HelloRick, nice shot of the Tyran ! The pose is great, the picture is very sharp and you caight a good eye contact ! Thanks,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-20 11:06]

Hi Rick.
What a nice picture and very cute bird. Eye-contact and pose of the bird are so touching. Subject is really pleasant. DOF is selected excellently. My compliments and thanks.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-23 11:45]

Hello Rick

A lovely image of this bird.Excellent POV and DOF.
The bird is well focused against a lovely OOF BG.
The lighting is well done,and the colours are natural and well saturated.
nicely composed in the frame,you have captured very good eye contact.
These kingbirds are much more colourful than the Eastern Kingbird.


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