Scissortail Ballet

October 17, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildlife)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

One look at the impossibly long tail of the scissor-tailed flycatcher might make you wonder if handicaps this bird by its excess. But once you see the owners in flight, you realize the tails have a purpose.

They act as rudders of sorts, allowing the birds to dart after flying insects with finesse.

The males sport the longer tails, and if they had the capability, they’d probably take great pride in their amazing accouterments.

This is the Oklahoma state bird, and in summer they find plenty of places in the small trees dotting fields and prairies to make their nests.

It seems as if the scissortails revel in their acrobatic ability.

Notice the female’s shorter tail.

These birds were at Fort Sill, which is part of the Wichita Mountains.

In fall they gather by the dozens – or even hundreds – as they discuss their migration flight plans.

I haven’t seen a gathering that large, but just seeing one in an aerial ballet is enough majesty for me.

Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre

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1 Comment

  1. Patti said,

    Cindy, beautiful photos – I want to see these birds someday!

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