I’ve recently spent most of my birding trying to find the frequently reported rarity, Brown-chested Jungle-Flycatcher. It’s been a few days now and I haven’t had any luck. Yesterday, I went to the park with family in the late afternoon, the light was fading and it was overcast and drizzling. Hope was also fading but as I walked through a forested area, reaching the water at the edge, I glimpsed a flash of orange. It was a lifer that I wanted to see for a while. I had missed it last migration, but this time, it was meant to be. Bird in question was of course, the Ferruginous Flycatcher.
The low light made getting the photo tricky, bumping the ISO still left shutter speeds very low and the autofocus hunts incredibly slowly. I couldn’t care less as I knew I did get at least one decent picture, I spend the last minutes of light enjoying this beautiful bird hawking insects. The next day, I had time to revisit the park. Primarily for the Jungle-Flycatcher but ended up getting better photos of the Ferruginous Flycatcher, the former was nowhere to be seen, of course.
I managed to string together some footage from today and yesterday for you to enjoy the bird in video form. It was a lovely experience, yesterday, bumping into this stunning Flycatcher and also seeing it again today.
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