Saturday, May 30, 2009

What a bird!

When I first came to Houston, on a weekend trip in 2002, the very first new bird that I saw was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. I thought then that it was one of the most spectacular birds I'd ever seen - and I haven't changed my opinion since.

As much as I love Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, though, I've always found them difficult birds to photograph. So I was delighted when one let me get a close-up shot at Sheldon Lake on Sunday.


Birdwoman said...

Wow, Jeff, that is one gorgeous bird!

Jeff said...

Hi, Birdwoman.
I sometimes get so awed by the tail that I forget to enjoy that peachy color under the wings.

Peregrine's Bird Blog said...

Definately one of my must see birds in my life!! Nice image.

Jeff said...

Hi, Craig.
They're very common around here throughout the summer and sometimes well into the autumn.

Kyle said...

Wonderful shot, Jeff! I finally got my first chance to photograph a Scissortail just last week, down at Quintana. Beautiful, beautiful birds!

Jeff said...

Hi, Kyle.

Congratulations on photographing a Scissortail! I'd love to get a good photo of one in flight but they're fast and my camera is slow.