Some More Vermilion Flycatchers

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I admit it, I’m addicted to photographing Vermilion Flycatchers.  These little birds are so pretty, so visually appealing, that I can’t resist photographing them when the opportunity presents itself.

This morning I was in a local park and, to my pleasure, discovered that there were at least two of these birds hanging out by the park’s little lake.  I needed no prodding to get busy taking their pictures.

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I’ve mentioned in a previous post that these birds are territorial.  The ones that I watched today vigorously defended their territories.  The males didn’t fly into each other’s territories.  But, a couple of females had the temerity to venture onto the males’ turf and the males quickly kicked them out.  Evidently, the instinct to protect one’s territory supersedes any romantic urges when it’s not breeding season for these birds.

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Staking out one’s territory evidently involves a lot of vocalizing because the flycatchers incessantly uttered a sharp one-note call.

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The second male presented a slightly different appearance from his neighbor.  The bird pictured below is considerably less brilliantly colored than the other flycatcher.

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This bird is a youngster, verging on adulthood.  Male Vermilion Flycatchers start out life as nondescript looking brown birds with white on their breasts and abdomens.  As they mature, scarlet plumage replaces the brown feathers on their heads and the white feathers on their breasts and abdomens.  This bird may be one molt away from attaining his full adult brilliance.

Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400 mm ISII zoom lens+1.4x Telextender, aperture priority setting, ISO 640, f8.  The first three images shot at 1/400, the final image shot at 1/640.

3 responses to “Some More Vermilion Flycatchers”

  1. Linda says :

    Gorgeous

  2. Tom Munson says :

    The colors are electric on this guy. I’m thinking you’re liking that 100/400. Great shots, Steve.

  3. tkiiatmindspringcom says :

    I don’t think there’s anything cuter than these brilliantly colored birds!

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