Eastern Kingbird

Today’s post comes from the Loess Bluffs NWR (formerly called Squaw Creek NWR) in northwest Missouri, as I passed through the area on my way home from the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon. The Eastern Kingbird is a common bird in Missouri. This bird is often seen perched on a tree/shrub limb near an open area and waiting for a passing insect. Here are a couple of my favorite images from the trip:

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

I often have encounters with this bird when mowing my rural acreage. As I mow, insects often scatter into the air and the kingbird swoops down from his perch to catch the insects in mid-air.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld from the car window, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec.



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  • Louise Harffey

    One of my favourites!

  • Thanks, Louise, I enjoy them and the abundant flycatchers that “follow” me around as I mow … always looking for an easy “handout”! :o)