2022—More Complementary Colors

Blue and orange are complementary colors. This is a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photographed against a blue sky in South Texas. Its orangey flanks are a perfect complement to the azure sky. The big challenge photographing this bird was managing to keep its lengthy tail in the photograph. I took this using my Nikkor 500mm PF lens with a 1.4x teleconverter attached. The slightest puff of wind or flick of the tail by the bird caused the bird’s tail feathers to be cut off in the viewfinder, so at 700mm, I was constantly adjusting the camera to keep the entire bird in the frame. After all, you can’t cut off the scissor-tail of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.