Monday, June 01, 2009
This is a Scissortail Flycatcher, which is the Oklahoma state bird. It's one of my very favorite birds; its tail is about twice as long as its body and when the bird takes off into midair, the tail forks into a distinct scissor shape. They're wonderful birds and quite prolific around here. You can usually see them while you're driving by a barbed-wire fencerow or perched atop telephone lines.
A handsome Eastern Bluebird, also a common sight around here.
A Western Kingbird. This bird has an elegant, regal... appropriately enough... appearance.
I don't really have the kind of lens to get super-good close-up bird photos. These birds were so pretty, though, I figured I'd give it a try anyway.