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Scissor-tailed flycatcher        Images © Mark A. Chappell

These elegant and graceful flycatchers are winter breeders in the south-central US, particularly Texas and Oklahoma.   The birds in most of these images were photographed near Manhattan, Kansas; one image shows an adult male with a newly-fledged juvenile (with a short tail).   The one in the berry bush perched briefly along a road south of San Antonio, Texas, just long enough for me to take a few pictures from the car.  One juvenile, a winter vagrant, was in Carmel Valley, California.

  • Canon EOS1v, 500 mm f4 IS lens + 2X converter, Kodak Elite Chrome Extra Color (2003)
  • Canon 1D3 , 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens + 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2009, 2012, 2020)