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Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)

By teocali
A Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)- a Red List bird, taken in our garden yesterday. We have quite a number of these around at the moment and they hunt continuously for insects, always returning to the same perch. I think we must have had a nest in the ivy on our walls, as this bird looks like a juvenile, but I could be wrong. They never go to the feeders.
Settings: F/5.6 1/200sec ISO200 manual@700mm tripod Best viewed large if you have time.

Many thanks for your support of my last upload.

The following is taken from the RSPB website:-
Larger than a pied flycatcher,the Spotted flycatcher 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.
They mainly arrive in May, and leave again in July and August. Passage birds from northern Europe can be seen in September.

Tags: Wildlife Red General Wild Garden Bird Spotted Close-up and macro List Flycatcher Wildlife and nature Migratory Muscicapa Striata

Voters: Alan_Baseley, CarolG, cassiecat and 39 more

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1 Aug 2010 8:21AM
Great capture,

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 Aug 2010 8:25AM
This is fantastic, Sylvia, pin sharp, excellent detail and on a very pleasing perch, too. Very well captured and presented. Carol
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
1 Aug 2010 8:28AM
beautiful capture.lesley
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2010 8:34AM
1 Aug 2010 8:34AM
Great shot and timing, well done.
JoeWozza 9 2 England
1 Aug 2010 8:37AM
Brilliant image, very well captured.
Excellent shot !

Shroomer 11 14 167 England
1 Aug 2010 9:21AM
Outstanding image Sylvia and patience has certainly paid off with getting it on a superb perch and with the bonus of food.
Superb capture
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2010 9:21AM
Superbly captured with lovely detail and the bonus of food - great b/g - Ina
1 Aug 2010 10:41AM
Wonderful image. great to see. Gill
Absolutely fantastic shot, love it!! Smile
1 Aug 2010 11:50AM
Superb capture even to the colour on the fly an absolute cracker
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
1 Aug 2010 12:25PM
Beautiful shot Sylvia, you must have been 'chuffed' to get this one, lovely detail/perch and an added bonus with the food,
Vince_S 8 10 England
1 Aug 2010 3:01PM
Brilliant shot of quite a rare bird.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
1 Aug 2010 3:18PM
Beautiful capture, flies and all...........Sandy
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
1 Aug 2010 3:44PM
Brilliantly caught! I really like the fact you've even caught the beautiful iridescent colours on the bug! Smile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
1 Aug 2010 3:46PM
As good as could be wished for Sylvia. Got to get my award. Superb shot.
9 10 10 England
1 Aug 2010 5:02PM
Everything is perfection.
1 Aug 2010 6:14PM
Fabulous Sylvia.... great pose, Flycatcher with flies, job done! Smile

1 Aug 2010 8:06PM
Absolutel love this Sylvia,the detail,BG and comp are spot on !! 1st class capture and I think it's brilliant & would love this in my PF
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2010 8:16PM
An excellent detailed capture!!! superb quality sylvia x x x x
Tom10 8
1 Aug 2010 9:57PM
Excellent Sylvia great shot. Iv seen around 3 different types of fly catchers on my holiday and there superb to watch!
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
2 Aug 2010 7:50AM
Many thank everybody for your C&Cs with a very special THANK YOU to Mara (Maratsuikka) and Ron(Maiwand) for your User Awards - very much appreciated Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Aug 2010 9:30PM
A fabulous shot of this beautiful bird, you must be chuffed to bits to have one visit your garden
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Aug 2010 9:29PM
A well deserved User Award for this one Sylvia, still can't believe this one has only got 40 votes, deserves far more IMHO
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
10 Aug 2010 9:31AM

Quote:Many thank everybody for your C&Cs with a very special THANK YOU to Mara (Maratsuikka) and Ron(Maiwand) for your User Awards - very much appreciated

Many thanks also to Ed (Glostopcat) for his User Award, just received - really appreciated Smile

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