Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Post Your Photos > Wildlife Photos

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Oct 10, 2007, 1:20 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
penolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California USA
Posts: 5,206
Default

This little flycatcher belongs to the most difficult group of North American birds to identify - the small similar flycatchers of the genus Empidonax. Behavior, voice, habitat, range - all are needed - but none are the same in migration. Even it the hand, experts can disagree. These pictures have been circulating for a couple of weeks, and no one has been willing to put a name of the bird from the pictures, which is not at all unusual. One person even questioned is the sun and shade pictures were even of the same bird (they are - the sun shot colors are more saturated).

The bird was in the vegetation most of the time, darting out to grab an insect and disappearing into the foliage again. I managed only four quick grab shots, only three of which were even marginally useful - these are the two best - it didn't sit still long enough when it was exposed to even allow two sequential shots. The bird was taking flies and some of the little skippers that survived the storm. The skippers can be seen in another thread http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80

K10D with Tamron70-300 LD at 300mm.
Attached Images
 
penolta is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Oct 10, 2007, 1:21 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
penolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California USA
Posts: 5,206
Default

2)
Attached Images
 
penolta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 10, 2007, 7:14 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 3,748
Default

I am attracted to the second shot with the bird's eye, and great catch light, looking backwards. The background is attractive as well and plays wonderfully with the shot. Fine work.
Normcar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 11, 2007, 12:24 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Sabine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 701
Default

When it's hard for a pro, it's out of my league. Have you put a name to it, penolta?

I like the onecatching the sun.
Sabine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 11, 2007, 9:21 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
penolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California USA
Posts: 5,206
Default

Normcar wrote:
Quote:
I am attracted to the second shot with the bird's eye, and great catch light, looking backwards. The background is attractive as well and plays wonderfully with the shot. Fine work.
More good luck than good management, I am afraid, as it was just a point-and-shoot grab shot. Aesthetically, the second picture is better, but it only complicated the identification. From an identification standpoint, the first one is better, as it shows more of the characteristics needed for identification. If these werenot of the same bird there could betwo different identifications - which only underscores the difficulty of these birds.

Sabine, if a consensus is ever forthcoming, I will post it here.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

penolta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 11, 2007, 11:15 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
royce10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,869
Default

nice shots penolta. i like the hint of yellow in its plummage. goodluck with the ID.

- hung
royce10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 15, 2007, 8:58 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
penolta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California USA
Posts: 5,206
Default

The consensus seems to be that it is a Least Flycatcher. This bird commonly migrates East of the Rockies, and so is notfrequently encounteredin California. A first for my little spot of greenery. It is probably somewhere in Mexico by now.
penolta is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 8:21 AM.