06.06.2020 Eastern Kingbird

A friend told me where to find some Yellow Lady’s Slippers closer to home than where I usually go to find them.  But…she told me about them last Sunday and she had seen them the Tuesday before.  So I was the better part of two weeks late when I went there this morning and, sure enough, the flowers had all turned to paper.  I decided to look at some of my old images and share one, which I will later, but came across this Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) from 2007. It was a fun experience as the nest, not shown here obviously, was not too far off the trail but far enough so the birds were not troubled by my being there photographing them.

Just your basic B.O.A.S. (bird on a stick). Canon 10D with a 300mm f/4 uncropped.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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30 Responses to 06.06.2020 Eastern Kingbird

  1. Todd Henson says:

    Just your basic Gorgeous bird on a stick! I never tire of these sorts of photographs. Yes, it’s fun trying for something less common, but I’m still always drawn to these sorts of wildlife portraits, both creating them and viewing them.

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    • I don’t photograph birds often so can’t be too picky about the opportunities.But given the chance to make a nice portrait I went for it. Glad that you like it, Todd. Thanks.


  2. Now that’s a change of pace.
    Your B.O.A.S. reminded me of the airline B.O.A.C. Birds and planes both fly.

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  3. NJUrbanForest says:

    I’ve yet to see a Yellow Ladyslipper in the wild. Only have seen the pink ones! Great picture of the Eastern Kingbird.

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  4. Hannah Keene says:

    I had not run across the phrase Bird on a Stick (BOAS) before. I love it!!! Great shot Steve.


    • It’s a phrase from back in the days of my time in NatureScapes.Net. Sort of the ideal bird portrait and people would create setups in their yards to make those images if they couldn’t in the wild. I use it for bugs too. 🙂 Thanks, Hannah.

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  5. Leya says:

    Beautiful bird! Hope to see your yellow lady later on…

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  6. krikitarts says:

    It seems it was quite content to sit and pose for you. That’s always a treat, as it’s often not the case.


  7. It’s a fabulous bird on a stick.


  8. Nice Steve! Wow it is a bird post!! I like BOAS images! Nice!! Any More Coming?

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    • Maybe, Reed. I got several of Mom on the nest, feeding and cooling. I may share them later. I almost walked the rail trail this morning to see if any waders were around but ended up in the swamp instead. Thanks!


  9. shoreacres says:

    I’ve only seen one eastern kingbird. It was in Louisiana, along the edge of a canal, and it was sitting on a stick. At the time, I didn’t have a telephoto lens, so I couldn’t achieve what you did here, but my sticks did have a few leaves attached, so there’s that!


    • Seems appropriate that you’d have seen one in the land of the Kingfish. I was lucky to have this opportunity and it happened one other year but the shot wasn’t quite like this…a mother nest sitting. Leaves are good.


  10. Ann Mackay says:

    Beautiful bird on a stick – looks as if it’s all smartly dressed for an event with a super-white shirt front and black suit jacket. Wonder if there’s a little bow-tie in there somewhere?


  11. Nice find and photo, Steve.

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  12. Dave Ply says:

    It may just be a bird on a stick, but it’s always fun to see what the birds are like on the other side of the country.

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  13. bluebrightly says:

    I used to feel very happy about seeing a Kingbird, and hearing them, too. Thanks!

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