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”.

Click on the image to see an enlargement.

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
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12 thoughts on “The beautiful Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

  1. These are such beautiful birds, and your photo is glorious! They have them in Eastern NM, where I’m from originally, but there are none in central NM. I do miss seeing these beauties. Thanks for sharing your lovely photo. 🙂

  2. I love these birds. When I was a kid in Fort Worth, I saw thousands of these guys over the years. Watching them snag bugs out of mid air was an amazing sight to see for a little boy. Thanks for the memories, Bob!

  3. I saw one of these *once* in Oklahoma. We were moving from California to Alabama in July and stopped for some gas on the way. The bird flew by, grabbed a bug out of mid air and then landed on a wire nearby. It was so beautiful, and trilling for me to see it! I had no idea we had such exotic looking birds here in the states and I always wondered what it was.

    Your photo is beautiful as well. The bush (tree?) it has landed in is a perfect color compliment to the bird.

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