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Monday, 14 October 2013

Garden flycatcher

The weather has been fairly consistent the last week: heavy downpour during the night and mostly overcast days. Ideal to catch some good migrants on their way south!

I, however, have been mostly occupied with much necessary tasks around the house and have had little time for birding. Luckily our garden can still be rewarding, especially during bird migration. This weekend I noticed a small bird sallying back and forth from the same branches, typical for a flycatcher.  The camera was quickly grabbed, with results below.
Dark-sided flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica).
These shots are practically full frame and taken without the aid of a hide, the bird hardly noticed my presence. Perhaps still tired after a hard night of flying.
Dark-sided flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica).
This is a typical juvenile bird, as indicated by the yellow gape and spotty appearance.
Dark-sided flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica).
Not bad for a garden encounter. I assume that the bird was only passing by, it disappeared later in the afternoon and I haven't seen it since.

Folkert, 14-10-2013

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