Every January I look forward to seeing the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. This tiny bird is a winter migrant for our area, often found around thickets and forest edges. They forage mostly for insects. When the male feels threatened or gets excited, the red feathers on his head stand up at attention. These birds are particularly difficult to photograph even in perfect light. Not only are they small, they fidget and flit at a dizzying speed. As soon as focus is achieved, these active little twerps have already moved to another branch. And if you do manage to get perfect focus there's a limb obstructing their body or face. Talk about a photography challenge!
400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 800 | 1/2000 sec