Today being Valentine’s Day, I thought it appropriate to do a photo essay on a cute little bird that I have a soft spot in my heart for – the diminutive Golden-crowned Kinglet. I find it amazing that this bird can survive the harsh Canadian winters and am always heartened when I see them flitting about on a cold winter’s day, most often in the company of chickadees.
Photographically, they are certainly a challenge – always moving about at a rapid pace, and often deep within the branches of trees. So almost always I will have to use a high shutter speed to avoid motion blur, and a correspondingly high ISO. However their saving grace (for the photographer at least) is the fact that they seem to be unperturbed by humans and are quite happy for me to snap away at close range as I strive (usually with limited success!) to get a decent shot.
My hope this year is to try & capture images of a male kinglet displaying its crown like a mohawk…I’ve never seen one do it yet, so to photograph will be a real treat. Here’s hoping!