Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Friday, 24 May 2019

Spotted Flycatcher - Leasowe

One of the last of our summer migrants to arrive is the Spotted Flycatcher. I eagerly await these smart looking birds. I'm always wishing they'd turned up with the Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers, but it does mean that there is something else to look forward to. If only they were easy to find.
I know of a few spots, but even then it requires patience and some luck in catching them in flight. This is the main give away for me. Lots of other birds will flit about and dart across, or even hang up under the leaves. The Spotted Flycatcher though will often take a perch and then swoop up or out to catch a fly before returning to the same branch.
I searched in vain for an hour or so last Saturday night, but then returned to the same spot on Sunday morning and found one within minutes. I knew I was in the right spot, just needed to bide my time. Unfortunately now, the trees are in full leaf in most parts and so photographing these lovely birds is a bit trickier. Despite not many pictures, I enjoyed watching this particular bird for some time. I hope it won't be my last of the year.







18 comments:

  1. Hello. The spotted flycatcher is a beautiful looking bird. It is also common in Finland. Great photos.

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  2. Beautiful bird! As Anu already said, it is quite common in Finland too.

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  3. I remember that this little bird seemed to be in every cemetery flycatching from the top of tombstones, but on recent visits to the UK I have difficulty finding even one.

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  4. Hello, it is a cute bird. Lovely photos. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

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  5. Your right Adam. A tricky bird to photograph in our UK woodland. You must go to Menorca where they like the sunshine and open ground, although there they are Mediterranean Flycatchers.

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  6. ...Adam, you did a fabulous job photographing this little fellow. Enjoy your weekend.

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  7. Love the S Flycatcher, Adam, your are a great photographers.

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  8. great captures... the soft focus on the leaves and sharp focus on the bird is so effective. LeeAnna

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  9. It's so much easier to photograph them before the leaves come out! Well done.

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  10. Nice pics! What sort of camera do you use?

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    1. Hi, thanks very much. It is a DSLR Nikon D5100.

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  11. Awesome bird photos ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. Great images here! But honestly yours always are.
    Thanks for joining the linkup at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-smattering-of-superrealism-from.html

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  13. A handsome bird! Enjoyed seeing your photos.
    Hope you are having a great week!

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  14. Such a great series of this lovely bird!

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