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We were thrilled to find that a pair of Spotted Flycatchers (Muscicapa striata) had chosen to nest in a cavity in a brick wall in our garden, just under the eaves. The parents are busy feeding four (looks like half fledged) nestlings, with a variety of insects, including hornets! Fingers crossed they will be safely raised and I hope to get photos of the fledglings. Taken handheld.

Here is some info from the RSPB site:-

Larger than a pied flycatcher, it is grey-brown in colour with an off-white breast, streaked with darker grey and a streaked forehead. They like to perch conspicuously and watch for passing insects, flying out to snap them up, before returning to the perch. Recent dramatic population declines puts the spotted flycatcher high on the Red List.

During the breeding season spotted flycatchers can be found throughout the UK, although they are scarce in the far north and west and almost absent from Scottish islands. High densities are found from Devon and Kent as far north as the Dornoch Firth. Best looked for along woodland edges and in parks and gardens.


Many thanks for your C&Cs on my yesterday's upload - really appreciated as always Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF300mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Jun 2011 - 3:08 PM
Focal Length:420mm 3.8m from subject, handheld
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/1600sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:19 Jun 2011 - 8:45 AM
Tags:Bird, Feeding, Flycatcher, Insects, Migratory, Muscicapa-striata, Nesting, Rare, Red-list, Spotted, Wildbird, Wildlife / nature
Votes:40

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 9:05 AM

A superb capture, Sylvia, and living up to his name, too Smile. Carol

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 9:07 AM

Lucky you - your own personal spotted flycatchers - a cracking shot - expect to see some more

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 9:15 AM

A fine image Sylvia - the bird looks wonderful set against that gorgeous background. You are going to be busy Smile

Mike

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
19 Jun 2011 - 9:42 AM

Hi Sylvia, stunning shot, well done regards gray.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 9:46 AM

Lovely, lovely shot Sylvia. I do hope you manage to see all the young fully fledged. I would love to have this in my PF.
Ron

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 11:49 AM

Excellent shot and such an interesting write up which enhances one's appreciation even more.
Ronnie.

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AshTree
AshTree  41702 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 12:18 PM

What a super shot, with the large insect clearly visible too. Well done Sylvia.
Theresa

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 12:47 PM

A beautiful capture Sylvia - what a treat to have this bird nesting in your garden.
Brian.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 2:29 PM

A lovely sharp capture Sylvia...........Sandy

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 3:49 PM

Beautifully captured. A great pose and excellent detail.
Steve.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 6:19 PM

A wonderful nature shot Sylvia, lucky you to have these nesting in your back garden. The detail, colours and clarity are first class as per usual

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jun 2011 - 10:32 PM

superb detail

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2011 - 4:17 PM

A wonderful shot Sylvia - the detail is superb, cracking eye and food as a bonus - Ina

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2011 - 4:26 PM

This is a cracker Sylvia. Great pose and detail plus that bonus of the food
Richard

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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 9JohnoP vcard
20 Jun 2011 - 8:34 PM

Delightful image - John

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Alan_Coles
20 Jun 2011 - 10:19 PM

Wow....impressive !

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