The beautiful Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

One of my favorite birds of this area is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  They be seen frequently in great numbers now that warm weather is here.  This is one that I photographed yesterday afternoon.

They are a hybridized kingbird.  National Wildlife Federation‘s field guide to Birds of North America describes it as “the very signature of the southern Great Plains.  It is a breathtaking bird: a soft pearl gray above, a pink wash on the belly, and often brilliantly rose-pink underwing coverts”.

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

  •  Canon 7D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens w/1.4 tele-converter – hand-held
  • 1/1250 sec. @ f13 – minus 1/3 EV
  • ISO 640
  • Lens focal length – 700mm
  • Aperture Priority
  • Partial metering