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Olive-sided flycatcher        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Large, noisy, and fond of conspicuous perches, olive-sided flycatchers are comon spring migrants in California and other southwestern states, moving north to breed in coniferous forests.   They are recognized easily by their striking dark 'vest', short tail, and characteristic three note call (quick! three beers!).   One of these birds was very cooperative as it was defending a territory near Homer, Alaska; the others were migrating through southern California. One of the latter was so tame I was able to get a frame-filling image with a 70-200 lens from just over a meter away.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II, 1D4, or 7D2; 500mm f4 IS with 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, or 70-200 f4 IS zoom, fill-in flash (2004, 2012, 2015)