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Today I was able to get a few close-up preening and flying shots of these large Flycatchers running down insects. There are hundreds of Scissor-tail Flycatchers nesting in the Vendor Valley,  a few miles east of my home:

 

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This Scissor-tail Flycatcher (State Bird of Oklahoma) arrived in Jasper, Arkansas after a migration up from the southland about 2 weeks ago. He and his mate established a territory next to a field just north of the town of Jasper on Highway 7, on an old fence. Photo taken by my good friend Jan, as she was in the passenger seat and the bird was on the right side fence.  North of this field is an expansive wooded area where I believe they a nesting. I love the salmon color on the sides of their gray buff breast !

I have seen him at least a dozen times in 2-3 weeks but have been unable to capture him, until this morning at 8:30 AM; today I used a Canon 70D and a Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens. If you can’t tell in these photographs, he drags a tail about 18″ long behind him when he files and is really spectacular to watch:

 

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