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Female Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)

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The Spotted Flycatchers have returned to our gardenSmile and this is the female, who is at present incubating the eggs. She is nesting in the same open fronted West facing brick cavity in a stable-block, as last year and you can see the reflection of the area in her eye. Appearing every now and again to catch a few flies, she then returns to her duties. Taken from a distance of 5.2m, this is virtually a full frame capture.

The Spotted Flycatcher is about the size of a House Sparrow, with a frequent frequent but rather quiet and scratchy "tsee-tsee".

The male and females are alike: slim with grey-brown upper parts, whitish underparts with dark streaks on the crown, breast and throat, with black bill and legs. Juveniles are similar to the adults but have pale spots on the upper parts.

They feed on flying insects, such as bees and butterflies, but also berries in the autumn, and are fascinating to watch as they sit quite upright on an exposed branch, flicking the tail and watching for insects flying past, then suddenly dive and fly in a circular path back to the perch, having caught an insect with an audible snap of the beak they are incredibly fast hunters.

They breed in open woodland, parks, and gardens that have trees and will also nest in open-fronted nest boxes. Both birds build the nest, which is a cup made of grass, thin twigs, lichen, and spiders' webs, and lined with feathers and hair.

The smooth, glossy eggs are white with reddish blotches, and about 19 mm by 14 mm. Incubation is by the female only. The young are fed by both parents. Breeding starts in May, number of clutches 1-2, number of eggs 4-5, incubation 11-15days, fledging 12-14days after hatching.

They are summer visitors, usually arriving in the latter half of May and departing at the end of August. Their wintering grounds are in tropical Africa, south of the equator. Migration often takes place at night.

The Spotted Flycatcher population has declined by more than half in the last 25 years and so this is a Red List (endangered) species. This decline may be due to problems in their wintering grounds and changes in woodland management in Britain.
www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/spotted_flycatcher.htm

My thanks for your support of my last upload - very much appreciated as always Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 May 2012 - 7:01 PM
Focal Length:700mm 5.2m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Female Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:29 May 2012 - 11:46 AM
Tags:Bird, Female, Garden, Migratory, Muscicapa striata, Nesting, Spotted fly catcher, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:36

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 12:36 PM

Cracking shot of this lovely looking bird.

Glyn

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lostnspace2011
29 May 2012 - 1:06 PM

Sylvia, this is just a beautiful shot, fantastic light and detail. Beautifully captured Smile

Mark

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 1:11 PM

A stunning shot Sylvia. She is as beautiful as ever.
Ron

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gary_d
gary_d  7575 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 1:31 PM

A great shot of a bird I have never seen, great info too. - gary

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 2:18 PM

Very well captured shot, Sylvia: like the light in it's eye.
Ronnie.

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johnjo58
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29 May 2012 - 3:27 PM

Superb Sylvia, a lovely bird beautifully presented
David

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 3:32 PM

So pleased they are back again Sylvia, if half as good as last year it will be excellent
Cracking capture and eye contact
Richard

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 4:55 PM

Right then, whose up for a EPZ meet at Sylvia's this w/e......Tongue Well done you mate!

AdeGrin

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8317 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 5:08 PM

superb shot accompanied by a good narative

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96178 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 5:59 PM

So pleased they have returned Sylvia

The weather in Italy and Spain was against a lot of the migratory birds this year

Adrian

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41110 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 6:18 PM

Beady-eyed and so sharp. Excellent capture, Sylvia.

Dave

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2012 - 7:13 PM

A first class capture Sylvia, the detail and clarity in the plumage is sublime. What a welcome visitor this must be to your garden

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