I finally decided to share my best Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos that I’ve taken since my move. I created a gallery and hope to get more photos of them soon.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher adult at Sequoyah NWR – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The first two photos were taken at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in April, in the wonderful company of my dear friend and fellow photographer, Steve Creek.

Scissor-tailed flycatchers had just barely arrived from their spring migration when I was there. They are incredibly beautiful birds with floopy flight patterns. I think their long tails have something to do with that floopiness.

Trying to get photos of them wasn’t easy. At all.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher perched on a thin branch, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, OklahomaScissor-tailed Flycatcher perched on a thin branch – Nikon D500, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I took these two images of the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, and I am happy with them. To be perfectly blunt, though, I haven’t gotten my dream shots of this flycatcher species yet.

The shots I want are closer, in flight, and landing with their tails and wings spread out. A woman can dream, right?

Tishomingo NWR Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge, Johnston County, OklahomaTishomingo NWR Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – Nikon D500, f8, 1/2000, ISO 800, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

My final Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photo today was taken at Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge in May. Two flycatchers were chasing each other low to the road when I drove up.

Both of them landed on what I believe were power lines and stayed there until after I drove away. I could see them chasing each other again in my rearview mirror!

These spectacular flycatchers show up where I live practically every day. I just can’t seem to get photos of them here, though. I’m going to keep trying for those dream shots.

Life is good.


My Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos plus facts and information about this species are on this page, hopefully I will add more soon!


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