Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Ann and I were out near Spring Creek this morning.  We were greeted with hundreds, it seemed, of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.  I wasn’t really interested in photographing very many, because as you know, you seen one Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, you’ve seen them all.  They all look the same.  But this one, I couldn’t resist.  Actually, he was quite far away, about 100 yards, but I liked the old mesquite branch he was perched on.  Plus, a nice uncluttered background, which is an earthern dam another 200 yards farther away.

This was one of my very rare times that had to do absolutely nothing in post-processing, except for cropping for composition.  In, fact I will show you here the original and the cropped version.  Camera info:  Canon 7D Mk II, Tamron 150-600 lens, zoomed to the max at 600mm, 1/1000 sec. at f6.3, ISO 125.  Aperture priority and spot metering.  Hand-held with camera resting on window of driver’s side.

original Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

original Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, at 600mm.


cropped Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

cropped Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

As I said, it is not very often that I do not have to do a little bit of post-processing, adjusting light, color, or sharpening.  I wish all of my photographs were this easy.  But the light was perfect and the bird sat still.  I hope you enjoyed it. (Click any image to see enlargement.)

Happy Birding!!