Saturday, April 18, 2009

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

He wasn't afraid of me, so much as he was bored watching me when he flew off to a tall stump in the middle of the field on I-45 north of Huntsville, Texas-- I was still trying to get the settings right on my camera. THis scissor-tailed flycatcher has a long streaming tail that scissors open and looks awkward in the air. He apparently uses it in a eye catching aerial display to get the attention of a future mate. I caught a short version as the wind knocked him off guard and he spun for a second using his wide-open tail to steady himself and zoom away.

--steve buser

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