After being cooped up in the house for nearly 5 days straight, you can be sure I got out of the house the first sunny day we had and headed for Theler wetlands and Port Orchard. In fact, I was surprised how few people I saw there as I thought everyone would be as anxious to get out of the house as I was.
I didn’t travel very far before I encountered this great blue Heron quietly guarding our pond,
and I didn’t have to walk too much further before this unidentified gull decided to accompany me on my walk. Normally I don’t take pictures of gulls, but since this one insisted on hovering nearby in the breeze I made an exception.
It seemed to want its picture taken, and it is, as John has noted, a good way to practice getting pictures of birds in flight.
Despite the joy I felt in getting out into the sunshine again, birding seemed quite slow. I worried what had happened to all the songbirds I’d seen the week before. In fact, I’d nearly quit birding when I happened to sight this little guy flashing from branch to branch.
I don’t think I’ve ever managed to get a picture of a Golden-Crowned Kinglet before, though I have pursued a close cousin, the Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, many times. At 3 3/4 inches long its survival depends on being quick, and it is, flitting about through the underbrush. It took me nearly fifteen minutes to get one semi-sharp shot. Looking at its silhouette it’s obviously a kinglet, but I was so focused on the white eyebrow and bright yellow colors that I didn’t see that until a few minutes ago.