Sunday 13 November 2016

A Flycatcher in November

Nov 12 2016 Gray Avenue and Dyke Road, Glen Valley Abbotsford.

It was a lazy Saturday afternoon. There I sat, sinking deeper and ever deeper into my comfy chair. On a whim and during the half-time of the World Cup soccer qualifiers I decided to check I'm glad I did because only twenty minutes away in Glen Valley well known valley birder John Vooys had located a gray flycatcher. He's master of finding good birds. It would be a lifer if I could only make it before darkness.

By the time I arrived clouds were rolling in and the light was failing. A few other birders were already there so with their generous help I was onto the bird almost immediately. The light was so low that even ISO 3200 gave me a very low shutter speed so I pumped it up to ISO 6400, something I haven't done before. The bird was hawking insects near a compost pile but it always landed on a branch that either had a branch in front of it or a cluttered background, neither ideal.

Gray flycatcher...a lifer!

 I had to be patient and hope it would land in the open. Eventually it did with the setting sun hitting trees far off in the distance. That created a beautiful Bokeh or an out focus background. I used a blur tool to take out digital noise in the background. Apart from that there is no other manipulation.

Location of bird.

"It's never too late to start birding"
John Gordon
BC Canada


  1. John, great catch! Such a pretty little bird!

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    1. Thanks Mel, it just goes to show taking the opportunities when they arise pays dividends.