I have photographed plenty of kingbirds, but had never seen the orange crest. I didn’t even know they had one. Apparently they do, as this one flashed it just as he was landing on a perch.
Even though my shutter speed was 1/800 second, the wings are still slightly blurred. I like that sometimes, personally. I think it adds a little bit of energy and abstractness to the image.
If you want to freeze the wings (using just natural light), I think you need at least 1/1250 second shutter speed. Faster the better!
Couch’s Kingbird, South Texas.
Canon 1D Mark IV. Canon 500 + 1.4x. ISO 1000. f/10 @ 1/800 second.