Scissor-tailed Flycatcher perched on Yucca stalk

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is common here in Texas. On the best time of the season, you can have 20 birds on a field but there’s no shot. They can be skittish and selective on high perches like wire fence or power lines, not the nature setting that most bird photographers would prefer. But this location at White Rock lake is wonderful, just a pair of scissor-tailed flycatchers on the fields and i can do this all day with creamy background on nature yucca stalk.

Fine shooting ground like this is hard to come by, and last year it almost turn into park lots! Good thing the residence fought and won in court to block the Dallas Arboretum from expanding.

This male scissor-tailed flyer, noted by longer tails, is the most friendly flycatcher i ever dealt with. I can get to him without extender, exhaust the shutter then wait for him to take flight.

– White Rock Lake Winfrey Point.

  • Canon, EOS 1D Mark IV
  • EF 500mm F4L IS USM
  • ISO 640, 1/2500, F6.3 ,700mm
  • White Rock Lake. Texas
  • April 28, 2013
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher perched on Yucca stalk

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