Golden Crowned Kinglet

by Bethany Plonski January. 23, 2019 370 views

When I first started tracking this little bird, I saw a tiny flash of yellow and black and thought it might be winter goldfinch. The body and wings are somewhat similar to a goldfinch, but the kinglet has a super cool yellow mohawk!

And as if that wasn't cute enough, he also has giant yellow feet.

This little guy was quite the acrobat, flitting around through vines and branches, sometimes even flipping over in a complete circle or hanging upside down for a second.

When kinglets are alarmed, their crest will stand up and show a little streak of red in the middle. I didn't quite catch all the red in the photo above, but just a moment before, he had chased another kinglet off the same branch.

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Andi Saw 1 year ago

How cute is that little punk bird??? smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 1 year ago

Too cute!! I love them! There is a similar bird, called a ruby crowned kinglet, that I’m dying to get a good picture of too. They have the most adorable angry-looking faces!

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

The real ANGRY BIRD??? 
Find him! Please! smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 1 year ago

Hoping to look this weekend!

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Glo B 1 year ago

You have a really great way of capturing these beauties! I especially like the one with the spiked top :)

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Glo B 1 year ago

Thank you! Glad to hear that. I never dreamed I’d have so much fun chasing birds all over the place, but it makes me really happy. smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year ago

You never fail my friend. Another amazing bird post

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Thank you, Antonio. smile I fail plenty of times, but thank goodness digital photography is more forgiving of that than film would be.

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Sherry Hill 1 year ago

great captures of such a pretty little bird.. i've never seen one.. [as i reference my Aububon bird book like a nerd]

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year ago

Thank you! They are a new bird for me too. And I love bird books! Andrew found me two really cool ones at a used bookstore last month, I try to thumb through them at least a few times a week. smile

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Heike 1 year ago

Great photos, Bethany. It seems you have much more interesting species in your part of the world than we. I'm getting envious...

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 1 year ago

Thank you, Heike! We do have a big variety of songbirds here. A friend of mine who moved here recently said she’s never lived anywhere where the birds are so loud all the time!

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Can G 1 year ago

Having a small garden full of birds and thus lots of opportunity to take bird photos, I know how hard it is to capture these little (and unbelievable erraticly quick) creatures - I never succeeded to get a sharp image with the long tele that came in my camera's kit. Probably I lack both, technique and patience. Much respect from me for taking those incredible pictures! #1 is especially fantastic.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Can G 1 year ago

Thank you! With #1 I had a similar concern about rule breaking as you had with your #3 yesterday – I’ve read that it’s better composition to leave more negative space in front of the bird/in the direction it is facing (which I think is a good rule of thumb). I did the opposite here, but not exactly as an artistic choice. To be honest, I’m also happy to take any in-focus shots I can get, especially with a bird that is this small and fast! grinning

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Björn Roose 1 year ago

Great photos. And he does look like he knows he has that cool mohawk smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year ago

Thanks! I think so too. I wish I'd caught a better picture while it was all fluffed up. smile

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