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What a tail!!!

What a tail!!!
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-28 5:04
Viewed: 3608
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all,

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is the most wonderful Passerine I saw in the wild in my life! Its flight is awesome and the tail of the male is so impressing!!! I photographied this one at Frisco, Texas, USA during a short stay in that state. I will always remembered those great moments we shared together. This bird is the same that I presented you last week on my "Mardi Gras" picture.

I know the perch is not wonderful but I hope that the beauty of the bird obliterate it ;-)



The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

- Breeds in open grasslands with occasional trees and shrubs.
- Also in towns and agricultural areas.
- Winters in similar habitat, and the edges of tropical forests.


InsectsInsects, especially grasshoppers, crickets, and beetles.

Clutch Size
3–6 eggs

Egg Description
White with dark markings around large end.

Condition at Hatching
Helpless and with only sparse white down.Nest Description
Nest an open cup of plant stems and string, lined with finer plant materials. Placed in small isolated trees or large shrubs.

Captures most prey by aerial hawking. Also grabs insects off vegetation.

status via IUCN
Least ConcernThe breeding range expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, probably as the result of clearing forests and the planting of ornamental trees. Populations overall seem stable, but it is declining in Oklahoma.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mamcg: Thank you Musapilonm 1 05-01 15:07
To tuslaw: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in flight.pilonm 1 04-29 07:11
To PeterZ: Heavry framepilonm 1 04-28 09:23
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hello Michel
This is very good !!
great sharpness and nice pose of the bird
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-28 8:02]

Hello Michel,
A perfect capture of this gorgeous little Flycatcher with a beautiful long tail! I really like its pose and details are very fine as are the colours. Amazing small red marking on the wing! A pleasant smooth background and well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Michel,
I'm not a fan of these heavy frames, but the bird is superb. Fantastic sharpness, details, pose with eye-contact and natural colours. Beautiful OOF BG with a good DOF.

Amazing bird looks beautiful! The bg, sharpness and all the technicality is great too. Yes i would have preferred a natural perch but you can't obtain all the conditions as a human being and this photo is still a wonderful post!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2010-04-28 12:54]

Je me disais bien que cet oiseau n'était pas un oiseau du Québec! FAntastique photo, j'adore les couleurs et la composition. L'oiseau est magnifique, merci!


Hi Michel,
A very good capture, excellent focus giving nice detail and clarity. Very good colours, I like the pose of the bird. This is the first time I've seen one of these. The perch is one of the things that nature throws at us, it dosn't distract from a very good picture of a splendid bird.

TFS, regards Bill

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-04-28 18:04]
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Hello Michel,
I can see why you were so impressed with this beautiful bird. The long tail is certainly attractive just in a sitting pose, so I can only imagine what it would have looked like in flight.
I have learned we have no control on where these guys decide to perch, so don't worry about the fence post. The bird shows wonderful detail and gorgeous natural colors. I really like the blurred BG . Super image!! Very informative notes!

Incredible tail Michel. I would love to see it fly. It must resemble an owl in flight is my guess. WoW! Kool. TFS Trevor

Hallo Michel
What a tail indeed. Very posh and swanky! And the bird is a show-off as well, a real poser. Just look at the way its head is tilted as if it is giving you a message saying: is it ok like this? A very pleasant image of a very beautiful bird. Lovely in every way! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Ps. Thanks to your frequent visits to my portfolio lately. It is always great to see what your thoughts are about my postings.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-04-30 22:50]
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I love birds photo but I have not such equipment to capture hence I calculate others focal lenth i.e. 300x1.6x1.4=672mm as the f/4 changes to f/5.6 so you have a nice gear for long distance shots like 672mm f/5.6, it is beautifully composed and focused, TFS.


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-05 9:30]

Bonjour Michel,

En voici une de queue pour un passereau! Magnifique. Je n'ai jamais vu cet oiseau (faut dire que j'habite en Europe!)!
Merci pour ce partage


Hi Michel,
impressing Flycatcher perfectly captured in most pleasantly dim light, and presented in a very elegant style! Looking very lively and fresh. Don't worry about the perch - I do find it attractive in its matter-of-fact documentary way: nature is just taking possession of humans' belongings. Thank you!
Thank you also for your very kind and refreshing words to my last week's woodpecker :)
With best regards,

Bonsoir Michel,

Le poteau aide au cadrage de l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs du tyran à longue queue. L'image est claire et précise. la qualité de la lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


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