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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-16 13:43
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was on vacation for the past two weeks and managed to get a few shots of Oklahoma's state bird, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

Just as Rosie and I had driven close to Tulsa I spotted one of these beautiful little birds flying along the roadway. I decided then I would have to try and capture one in a photo sometime during our visit.

I got lucky one day when we took our two granddaughters to the park, as there was a family of flycatchers in a nearby tree. There were four young birds who were just starting to fly and their parents.

The adults would fly off into a field and in a short time would return with an insect. The parents were very skittish at first about my presence, so I had to wait for quite some time until they finally got used to me being there

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Hello Ron

WOW ! what a superb close-up in-flight shot
of Oklahoma's state bird and i think it is
the first time i am seeing this bird on TN
or i don't remember have seen one before.

Superb POV and framing, lovely light,
beautiful color tones of it's plumage,
great focus sharpness and details,
the catch-light render the photo more beautiful,



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-07-16 13:56]

Hola Ron.
Great work. Excellent camera and lens settings to get such a wonderful photo my friend.
Very clear image, nice blue sky.

Hello Ron,
Fantastic captured of this bird in-flight! well timing, very nice sharpness, great colours and lovely highlighted eye,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-16 14:45]

Hello Ron,
Fantastic photo of this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in flight. Great sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Excellent diagonal composition.

Hi Ron,

Well i have tried these in -flight shots many times before but can't get anywhere near this amazing picture like this one, great shot with all the elements, congratulations Ron and well done,
Best regards,


Hello Ron, wonderful capture .. the fly. A perfect shot despite the difficulty of recovery. All the best, Paul

Perfectly captured, excellent details and very good lighting. regards yiannis

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-16 23:19]

Hello Ron,
A spectacular bird well captured in flight against a clear sky.
You managed the harsh lighting well to show its features with fine sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition.
Well done and thanks for sharing this fine image of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hi Ron, neigbour,

this are an great inflight shot with good of sharpness and details.
Fine colors.


a great in flight scene and performance in this "close up"!
regards Nasos

An incredible capture with fine brightness and great clarity Ron!Not the easiest capture indeed ;) Hope you are OK!
George Veltchev

great flight capture, TFS Ori

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-17 5:18]

Wonderful flight image of this amazing species, good direction. tfs.

Hi Ron.
Nice photo of this bird in flying. Great point of view. Quite good sharpness.
Excellent composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hi Ron,

Beautiful picture of this flying bird against the blue BG.
Great timing to capture the completely spred wings & good eye contact. Well done & TFS.

Fantastic in flight photo Ron! The composition is excellent. The colours are fantastic. The sharpness is really very, very impressive.

Hallo Ron
Your valuable input to everybody on the site is always appreciated, for me personally you a very humble gentleman and I appreciate you for that and for the friend you are. Once again you share a beautiful image, and it warmed my heart when I saw it. It is more than a feast to me, sitting 1000's of kilometres away, sharing this wonderful image. Thanks for sharing this lovely photograph! Best regards.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-07-17 13:31]

Hello Ron
wonderful shot!
Good sharpness, wonderful contrast against the blue sky, nice natural colours for this beauty of nature.
Sincere congratulations.

Hallo Ron,
a superb capture of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in flight, outstanding sharpness, very beautiful natural colours, excellent point of view and great timing for a fantasticc composition
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-18 5:30]

Hello Ron,
just simply wonder! Excellent and splendid composition in technically pleasant view. The diagonal composition is lovely and the blue sky is pleasant canvas.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-07-18 10:50]

Hi Ron,

Wow! You captured this Flycatcher at the perfect angle to show off the scissored tail and the entire bird at best advantage. The face, eye and wings are wonderful. An absolutely magnificent inflight shot.

I'm just back from Dallas - my youngest son moved there from Tucson. I know how Oklahoma must have felt - Texas was impossible. When I landed back in Tucson it was 111 degrees at the airport and felt cooler than Dallas with all of the humidity. Love to Rosie


Hi Ron,
This is kind of a neat one. A view unusual POV for sure. Actually very sharp, its nice you captured some much need light on its face. Well done. Nicely stopped image.

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