Friday, 8 March 2013

Shining flycatcher

A female shining flycatcher (Myiagra alecto)

I've often caught brief glimpses of shining flycatchers, but have found them difficult to get close to. They're very active birds, rarely staying still for long. This afternoon, while taking a wander around Taylor Point, I again caught a glimpse of the reddish-brown plumage of a female as it disappeared into the mangroves. A few minutes later it reappeared. As I took a photo, the bird seemingly found the beep of my auto-focus interesting. Each beep brought the bird closer until it was just a few feet away. Once its curiosity was satisfied, it went back to hunting insects.

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