Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

A true beauty!  I learned that Nathan Crawford found this bird followed by Paul Cypher's quick reporting to the listserves.  I thought this bird might be possible to chase when I got off work.  There were the typical end-of-day barriers to a quick departure, but finally I got away.  The traffic on I-94 west was not too bad and I made it to the bird - and other birders - by 5:00 pm.  The early evening light was bright overcast with a significant amount of glare.  I got home and quickly deleted most of my photos; these that I offer below are my best.

The bird was so beautiful in flight.  I tried to get video of this but it was difficult.  I deleted most of the segments where I'm panning across the grass trying to locate the bird.  I did get some brief shots of its flycatching activity; made more unique by it's open scissor tail.


Jerry said...

Beautiful captures, Cathy! Congratulations! Hope all is well, haven't seen you in the field in a while. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy,

The bird was found by Nathan Crawford.

Paul Cypher