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.
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.)