Monday, June 9, 2014

Eastern Kingbird

Below are more shots of the Eastern kingbird that we saw in Baker, LA on May 5, 2014. To see more, you can click the label on the right sidebar.

If he looks a little aggravated, it's because I was playing his call on my phone. He was high up in the tree and this was the only way I could get him to come out. There has been much debate about "playback" with many in the birding community saying you shouldn't do it at all, but others think 30-second clips for no more than 5 minutes total is okay. I'm on the fence about it; however, I obviously employ this method from time to time when I'm desperate for a photo.




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34 comments:

Roan said...

At least he isn't being called out so you could shoot him with anything other than a camera. I think any way you can get him to come out and pose is okay by me, but I'm far from a birding expert. Your method sure worked.

Anvilcloud said...

Not being a birder, I can see how moderate usage would be problematic.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I used to see the Eastern Kingbird but it's been years! I personally don't see anything wrong with playback as long as it's brief like that. Plus it let's us see these beautiful creatures :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Nice :)

TexWisGirl said...

such a sharp-looking fellow!

Irma said...

Beautiful photos of this Eastern Kingbird.
This bird does not occur in the Netherlands.
Greetings Irma

Shug said...

I think it's neat to have the opportunity to call them out. Such a beautiful bird with outstanding color. You amaze me with the patience you have in capturing such wonderful photos....
Great Job!!

cobie en bas van Es said...

wat is hij mooi.maar hij staat er dan ook op zijn mooist op.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty!!! I especially like the very first image with the sunlight reflecting in its eye.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

ps...by the way, it's illegal here in the state of Texas to do this 'call recording players'....fine for offense $3000.00 from what I heard.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the side & underbelly shots. what a cutie. have a great week. ( :

bailey-road.com said...

Awesome photos of this beauty!

Felicia said...

I just love how crystal clear and beautiful your captures are Gail. well done. beautiful bird.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Doesn't seem any harm comes from calling him out to take his photo. Neat!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Doesn't seem any harm comes from calling him out to take his photo. Neat!

Ela said...

Wonderful photo, as always !

Pantherka said...

Beautiful photos, really.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

What a pretty fellow. I used to see them all the time when I was growing up. Thanks Gail.

Donna said...

What a cutie pie he is...I love his unusual face.

eileeninmd said...

He/she is posing nicely for you! Sweet bird and lovely photos.

Amy Burzese said...

Well, he should be happy that someone is snapping his picture. I spotted one of these the other day. It's exciting for me to see a bird and figure out what it is! Great shots as always!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I also use this method in limited ways once in a while. You did get great pictures.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Gail, maybe this kingbird thought he should take the call. Pat has played calls on his phone as well, usually to ID a call, but I do not have an app to do this. Looks like yours worked well to get these great shots.

Brian King said...

A very handsome bird with a great name! :-)

Lady Lilith said...

Nice. In the last one, he looks like he is posing for you.

Stephanie said...

He is very handsome and your photos make it seem like you are right there next to him :)

As always, incredibly beautiful!

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, what magnificent photographs of kingbird; the third one is super♡♡♡
I have no idea about "playback" (I mean how you do). But you just shoot with camera and we can enjoy your GORGEOUS pictures(^_^)v

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

ladyfi said...

WHat pretty shots! ANd I love love the sparkly dragonfly in your previous post.

JRandSue said...

Superb shots.
John.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...another note. Here is where I read that use of these playbacks is prohibited in Texas. And points I would agree with.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304244904579276551350667062

...for instance. If there is a 'threat' to one bird to get it out in the open, you may cause it to leave the area entirely. There are way too many 'cons' with the use of this strategy. In my opinion. Users are upsetting nature, period.

Stewart M said...

I think it's another case of all things in moderation!

Great pictures.

cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful shots of the Eastern Kingbird. We have them here too.

Debbie said...

what a beauty with a very nice looking "undercarriage"!!! love all the pretty backgrounds as well!!

LC said...

For photograohers like you, who increase the appreciation of wildlife and educate about how human actions can affect wildlife, judicious use of the calls may help educate more of us about the importance of respecting and protecting these feathered creatures we share our planet with. Gasp, now I need to protect from overly long sentences. Judicious use of periods called for!