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Here is a the male Blue Gray Gnatcatcher adding lichen got the nest sides; then all of the sudden the cry of a Kestrel, and both cover up their home; taken Canon 5D and 420mm (EF300L f/2.8 IS) with 1.4X TC.

 

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This pair of Blue Gray Gnatcatchers nesting about 40′ above the ground; taken with a Canon 50D with a Canon EF 400L f/5.6 at 5.6:

 

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Easily, one of the hardest birds to photograph. The Blue Gray Gnatcatcher is a tiny, long-tailed bird of deciduous forests and scrublands, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher makes itself known by its soft but emphatic “spee” calls and its constant motion. By flicking its white-edged tail from side to side, the gnatcatcher may scare up hiding insects.

Feeds near tips of branches, constantly moving through foliage. Moves tail continuously, which may flush insects. Never stops moving; gleans insects from opening tree buds that are sappy and attract the insects. Drooping wings but 6.5 inches long, and a double white stripped tail.

The are slightly over 3.5 inches body length. One of our smallest birds.

Photos taken 4/11/14 with a Canon 50D and a EF400L f/5.6 from way over 100 feet:

 

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A couple photos from last May:

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I got several photos of this diminutive migratory bird. Not only are they small (very small) they are packed with energy and never, never stop moving about the tree limbs and leaves in search of insects. The tail is always up and fanned. They seem not much larger to as hummingbird to my older eyes.

Right next to Little Buffalo River this Saturday morning I found one in a squabble with a Vireo, and gnatcatcher, perplexed had to stop a few times to think. Taken with a Canon 50D and a 400mm Canon DO IS lens:

 

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Just a few from a glorious Sunday afternoon April 14th. (Northern Cardinal, female Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow Rumpped Warbler, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher on the nest, makle Eastern Bluebird, male American Goldfinch, Blue Gray Gnatcahtcher, Red-headed Woodpeckers):

 

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