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Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher in Mesquite tree

Scissor-Tail Flycatcher

Birding can be done anytime, anywhere. Just have your camera ready and listen. It was a work day when I caught these guys. I arrived early to work and went to a nearby field to watch a doe with two fawns bouncing around. The deer quickly tired of my company, so I started looking up and about. A Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher and Western Kingbird where having “words” over who had permission to squat on a wire and a tree just below.

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is nearly unmistakable with its long forked tail and salmon-pink belly. The Flycatcher is plentiful in our area of the county making it an easy find. It was one of my first checks on the Region 2 birding list for Palo Pinto County.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 30 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 137.4mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher Song
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher Song
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 24 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/550s