Monday, February 21, 2011

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers

Smitten, are you? With this badass flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus? Well, you should be. This first guy's tail was so out of control I had a really hard time getting it in the frame. I took about 25 photos but his gigantic tail was cut off in most of them. (these are three different birds, all within 100 feet of each other)
I took these in the Texas Hill Country in 2009. But since I'm headed back there soon, I was thinking about these birds and looking forward to seeing them in a couple months again. They winter in Central America (though there's a low number of them wintering in Florida now). In the summer they hang out in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, etc. and spreading into surrounding areas after they breed. They look awesome just perching there nonchalantly (and chowing on insects) but they look pretty swell in flight too. Really good looking birds. *Side note, I had a dream about Fork-tailed Flycatchers a couple nights ago. Sigh...I wanna see them* World Bird Wednesday Abc Wednesday (Flycatcher)

40 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Wow, what a beauty. No wonder you're smitten.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is one cool bird who looks like it is full of personality.

Lucy Corrander said...

Smitten by the whole bird - and struck by your focus.

Lucy

ChrisJ said...

Oh, would I love to see one of those! I did see a long tailed tit in U.K. Just once.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are glorious looking, stunners and I can see why you would love them, I do just seeing these. Great job~

btw, I am notorious for clipping wings and tails;(

Arija said...

Oh what a tale of a tail!

Out on the prairie said...

I always enjoy watching the feeding , they are very quick in flight.

Woody said...

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen a tail quite that long, it looks disproportionate to the body, but very cool.

biobabbler said...

I had friends who lived in Kansas and this was the bird species I was most covetous of. Saw it while driving down a highway and even at 60 mph was struck, staring open-mouthed. FABULOUS shots. =)

Gary said...

They're beautiful, Jill. Send them this way, especially the long tailed guy. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

texwisgirl said...

I LOVE these birds! They're such great harbingers of spring nesting season here! Thanks for dropping by my blog so I could find yours! You rock!

holdingmoments said...

An amazing tail. A real beauty.

Jedediah said...

The last photo is my favourite. Awesome bird.

richies said...

We have a lot of scissor-tailed flycatchers here in western Arkansas. When they return it is a sign that spring is here for good. I haven't seen any yet this year.

An Arkies Musings

Sylvia K said...

Oh, how beautiful he is, Jill! I would definitely be smitten, too! Fantastic choice for the F Day! Superb captures as always!

Sylvia

photowannabe said...

Beautiful birds and amazing long tails. I haven't seen too many birds with such white feathers. When you go to Texas be sure to take more pictures of these wonderful birds.

NanU said...

Gorgeous photos! You must have been so patient to get just the right shots.

Frank said...

FABulous species. I have fond memories of watching one in Texas a good few years ago. Thanks for sharing Jill.

NatureFootstep CR Birds said...

A great bird I only saw briefly in Costa Rica. I was a bit angry because they did not stop the bus. Lunch was more important then a great bird. :( They said we will see it later, but we did not.

My link today are for the CR Bird blog :)

Roger Owen Green said...

fine looking bird.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hilke Breder said...

Terrific shots, Jill! They are beautiful birds. I saw a juvenile once in Mass., that should have migrated weeks ago; made me sad to think that it probably never made it. But just like you I got some nice photos out of it.

Springman said...

You sure called that right Jill, I am smitten here in the mitten. You share the wealth so well! These images are smashing and I hope you get more great looks soon. ;-)WBW

theconstantwalker said...

A beautiful bird and so well captured.Lovely

jo©o said...

I wonder if that tail isn't a mixed blessing to be saddled with. Very elegant, as are most flycatchers, but probably just as hard to manoever as it ws for you to get inside one frame :-)

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderful capture! I've never seen one.

Birding is Fun! said...

What a cool bird! I've not seen one yet, so I guess I better make plans to go to Texas.

By the way, I used to have a recurring dream about Great Gray Owls, until I saw them in person. Never had the dream again.

joo said...

It's fantastic!

Seagull Steve said...

So sick. I am waiting to find a girl with a STFL tattoo...then I will know I have found The One.

Dave said...

Maybe one day.....

Beautiful bird, superb images

Thanks for sharing

eileeninmd said...

Cool sighting Jill! They are beautiful birds.

Misfit in Paradise said...

Great shots. And good luck with your continued searching.
Donna - ABC Team

Nydia said...

Awww, it's so gorgeuos!!! Thanks for sharing!

Kisses from Nydia.

Pat said...

These are great shots. That is, indeed, a beautiful bird!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The first time I saw this bird (in Texas), I thought I WAS dreaming!~ They are beautiful and entirely different from anything I'd ever seen before. I haven't seen any in Florida, probably we're too far West Coast.

Lovely pictures.

Sondra said...

I love these guys...I first saw one in NC so they range pretty far...Great Photos!!!

Wanda said...

I think the word "smitten" is excellent to discribe this amazing bird...and all the other pictures were great too.

srp said...

What a lovely bird...
I know that Mississippi has the painted bunting.. but somehow, in the 15 years I lived in Columbus, I managed to miss them. Plenty of hummers and bluebirds but I don't remember any buntings. And now we don't see them here in VA where I am.

Larry said...

Beautiful Jill. That's all I can say, just beautiful. I hope to see one someday. Maybe I'll have to take a trip to Texas too.

Pat Ulrich said...

Such a gorgeous bird -- really fantastic shots!

Mona said...

I haven’t seen this one in real. So pretty, visit my F entry too thanks.