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

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers – Spring is here

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, (Tyrannus forficatus), is one of the first birds to arrive in the spring in our area.  Their arrival took place here only about a week ago.

They are found only in the southern Great Plains and marginally into northeastern Mexico.  A gorgeous bird, soft pearl gray above,  a pinkish belly and bright rose-pink underwing coverts.

To celebrate the occasion I decided to share a few of my favorite images of them.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher


Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - juvenile


Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

 I hope you enjoy this images of a very beautiful bird.  Click on any of them for an enlargement.