2021—What a Tail!

You’d think sitting on uncomfortable chairs in a sweltering blind near a pond on a ranch in arid South Texas photographing birds would be a miserable thing to do but it’s a great way to spend time learning about new bird species, enjoying nature, and being rewarded with opportunities to photograph amazing species like this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. I don’t think I’d ever seen one before and that tail is something to see. It claims the longest tail of all songbirds in North America. Of course, photographing this bird was a challenge. That tail is so long, almost double its body length, that keeping it entirely in the photograph was while it swayed in the wind on top of a shrubby perch made it even more difficult. I was lucky it landed in a place the perfect distance for my lens so at least I had a chance to keep in in the frame. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is native to Texas in the summer and rare most other places in the US so we were in the right place at the right time to see it.

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