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Golden-crowned Kinglet showing its yellow crown – Liberty Marsh NWR

October 29, 2013
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As I thought I would miss Fall migration this year, last weekend I had an excellent opportunity to photograph this adult male Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) at a very close distance:

New Jersey Bird Photography - Adult male Golden-crowned Kinglet showing his yellow / orange crown - Liberty Marsh, Walkill, NJ / NY - Canon 1Dx 600mm II ISPhotograph taken with a Canon 1Dx camera and 600mm f/4 lens II + 1.4x extender III – for larger view and EXIF data, please click on the image

Kinglets are know for rapid and constant movements, so I’m very happy with a brief photo-session this cute bird gave me that day. Under 10 seconds!
Interesting Facts:

– The tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet is hardier than it looks, routinely wintering in areas where nighttime temperatures can fall below –40° Fahrenheit.

– Each of the Golden-crowned Kinglet’s nostrils is covered by a single, tiny feather.

– The oldest Golden-crowned Kinglet on record was at least 6 years, 4 months old when it was captured and released by a Minnesota bird bander in 1976. – Cornell Lab

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