Monday, November 3, 2008

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Well , last year a Northern Cardinal showed up in a city yard and delighted local nature enthusiasts.
The year before that, a Curve-billed Thrasher was way off course and hung around a yard in Dalmeny, not too far from town.
Taking the prize for the biggest surprise of 2008 ( at least so far ) has to go to a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that was spotted on a Saskatoon Nature Society field trip yesterday at Blackstrap Lake.
The only previous record of this species in the Saskatoon area was way back on the 20th September 1980.

More commonly found in south-central United States and northeastern Mexico , this bird is also the state bird of Oklahoma.

So, of course, upon hearing about this sighting , myself and 5 friends were not disappointed when, despite the overcast and rainy conditions, the bird was still in the same spot as yesterday!

Here are the best shots I could get of it this morning. I really had to crank up the cameras ISO sensitivity just to get a decent shuttter speed because of how poor the light was. ( Click to enlarge )







15 comments:

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Stunning looking bird.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lucky for you.Great looking bird.

Nick S said...

Thanks guys . It was quite a thrill to see one .

Shellmo said...

Very pretty bird - like the coloring!

Jayne said...

Oh Nick, coming here and seeing your talent makes my mornings! He's beautiful!!!

Nick S said...

Thanks so much Jayne :)

NCmountainwoman said...

Great little bird, and very difficult to photograph. Nice shots.

The Birdlady said...

These are great! We had the thrill of seeing one in the Everglades last Feb...very exciting!

Nick S said...

Thanks for looking :-)

T and S said...

It should have been a amazing experience to see such a rare bird

2sweetnsaxy said...

I don't really know one bird from another but I can imagine how exciting this was for you. Beautiful shots! :-)

Nick S said...

Many thanks :-)

John Theberge said...

Wow, great shots. Wonder how it got so far away from its home turf?

Nick S said...

Thanks John. We're thinking some of the recent high winds we've been experiencing may well have brought it in.
I just hope it can get back south..

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.