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

Bird of the Week – Greater Roadrunner

Today I have picked the Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) as my Bird of the Week.  I was able to get some photographs recently and I will show them here.  This bird is in the cuckoo family, and better known as the bird that is always trying to outwit the wolf in the cartoons, with his familiar “Beep, beep!”

Greater Roadrunner

The Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America describes the Greater Roadrunner as a large, very long-tailed bird with relatively long neck and thick legs.  The skin behind the eye is bluish, and sometimes  other colors show up in certain lighting. 

Greater Roadrunner

Other traits is that the roadrunner doesn’t require water.  He gets moisture through his diet.  He can fly short distances, mostly gliding with his wings and tail spread.  His voice is not the comical beep, beep, but actually a deep mellow cooing wooh wooh whoa whoa.  He loves the arid areas of the south and southwest parts of the country.

Greater Roadrunner

I hope you have enjoyed this narrative and pictures.  If you have, please leave a comment.  Click on any images to see enlargements.  Now I am outa here.  Beep! Beep!  🙂