ImageSpotlight: Scissor Tailed Flycatcher

The scissor tailed flycatcher is the official State Bird of Oklahoma, and is easily identifiable by its forked tails and beautiful salmon colored flanks (the latter found on adults). Found in North and Central America, these birds spend their summer months breeding in Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of Louisiana, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Kansas.  They spend the winter months in their non-breeding grounds located in Southern Mexico/Central America. The scissor-tailed flycatcher is an insectivore, feeding primarily on insects that they snatch in flight.

On this particular HOT summer Texas morning at Santa Clara Ranch, this adult specimen visited the water hole in search of a cool drink. Activity at the ranch this morning was particularly slow so when this bird showed up, he was the highlight of the morning. His visit was brief but it was just long enough to capture the image below. I was careful with the composition to assure that I captured the entire tail, along with the entire reflection of the bird. I was very pleased with the final shot.

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Scissor Tailed Flycatcher. Canon 1DsMkII | 500/4.5 | ISO 200

Until next time, keep shooting. — KEVIN

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