Ruby-crowned Kinglet male 10/29/18

One of the hardest little birds to photograph on account they never hold still for more than the briefest moment. I came across a little fallout of them yesterday following Saturday’s storm at the back of the beach, and took at least a hundred shots, but with few exceptions they are all green blurs or a bit of head or tail chopped off by the frame. Kinglets are tiny, about 4 inches long and weighing about as much as 2 or 3 pennies. Only males have the red crest which you rarely see except as a faint thin line, unless you’re lucky enough catch a courtship or territorial display in spring. I got lucky with this one molting his head feathers.

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