Saturday, May 9, 2009

Say's Phoebe and more

We don't see too many of these handsome flycatchers in our area, in fact I only saw one all last year.
This morning while on a drive with a friend. This Say's Phoebe appeared seemingly out of nowhere, fairly close to the Dundurn miltary range.




There were many of the usual suspects to be found in nearby sloughs , most of the Grebe's,Ducks and a few shorebirds were present, and at Blackstrap I got my first Belted Kingfisher of the year.

Here is a Tree Swallow that I captured during take off from a fence post :



This Savannah Sparrow was singing to a potential mate in a nearby field :

13 comments:

Kelly said...

...the Tree Swallow in flight is classic...perfect. I've never seen a Say's Phoebe. I need to read about them, as I don't know much about them. Lovely capture. I actually have a shot at finding a Savannah Sparrow. They have been sighted at a local park with a nice meadow, but I've had no luck so far. What a gorgeous bird...

Chris Petrak said...

Whoa! the freeze frame on those wings is wonderful - wonder if I'll be able to come close to that with bright light with my Sony

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WoW,that Say's Phoebe is a pretty bird.Another one I have yet to see.
Blessings,Ruth

NCmountainwoman said...

Wonderful photographs. I especially like the swallow.

holdingmoments said...

Some beautiful birds there Nick, and that Tree Swallow is a great capture.

Chris said...

Hi Nick,
These are 3 awesome shots!!! Gosh, I love the tree-swallow for the action-wing scenery!!!
I've never seen this phoebe neither. Nice to discover it.
The savannah sparrow is gorgeous, with a nice aperture, and a wonderful attitude.
In all, a perfect message, with perfect pictures as usually, for our pleasure!!!

Nick S said...

Thanks for the kind words folks :-)

T and S said...

Nick : The shot of the swallow in flight is a winner in many a competition. You should consider processing it well and posting it in some contests including NWF which closes sometime in July.

Shellmo said...

So beautiful to see that tree swallow w/ his wings outstretched!!

Nick S said...

Thanks guys :-)

The Birdlady said...

All gorgeous...the swallow's wings are perfect.

JJ Moneysauce said...

What kind of bird is this?

It sat on the power line and sang this really neat song for a while, then took off. I don't remember seeing this type of bird before.

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/4333/1001136.jpg

JJ Moneysauce said...

Just adding a follow up comments check in case you respond to my question about that bird. Thanks!