Tropical Kingbird

Tyrannus melancholicus

ML263750721



eBird Checklist S73741884
Gaviota SP
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 34.4727, -120.2284 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Tropical Kingbird at Gaviota State Park, Santa Barbara County, CA

Observation details

I found this Tropical Kingbird along the opposite shore of Gaviota Creek as seen from the open area behind campsite 35. The bird was flycatching from exposed branches at mid-level and would on occasion drop into the water on its belly as it went after bugs, mainly yellow-jacket bees. It was vocalizing at one point uttering the typical stuttering trill call. I watched it for about 10 minutes as it worked the shoreline branches. Eventually, it flew out of sight and I could not refind it. It was identified as a Tropical Kingbird by the bright yellow belly, the heavy black bill, dark masked appearance, and it showed a forked tail

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
f-stop
f/5.6
Focal length
400 mm
Shutter speed
1/500 sec
ISO
320
Flash
Flash did not fire
Original file size
2,141KB
Dimensions
3000 x 2000

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