Monday, 10 August 2009

Restless Flycatcher

A pleasant surprise today. A rare visitor to our garden, this Restless Flycatcher was first heard and then tracked down to the overhead power lines outside our house. The Restless Flycatcher is sometimes known as a Scissors Grinder due to its' call being like the sharpening of scissors on a glass bottle.

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Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)




11 comments:

madahmas said...

You're getting a nice selection of birds going to your place! And I'd love to hear how this bird sounds -like scissors grinder - interesting.

gwendolen said...

I love these names, Restless Flycatcher, Scissors Grinder :-))

Not sure I would like to hear it much though. Heh.

mick said...

Oh yes! Very nice indeed!

Snail said...

Another bird I haven't seen! Excellent pics.

Arija said...

Beautiful captures, we have Willy Wagtails here and they have a beautiful melodious call.

Tabib said...

Not easy photograph this bird that never rest.

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Wow, congratulations on capturing this bird with an interesting name. Also I'm trying to imagine what it sounds like ... scissors being sharpened? hmm..

Neil said...

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Larry Jordan said...

Great captures of the Restless Flycatcher Neil! I really enjoy watching flycatchers follow their namesake as they so gracefully do their aerial maneuvers.

This species resembles the coloring of our Tree Swallow here in the US. I would love to see it in flight. I imagine it is very graceful.

Kelly said...

...I'm laughing a bit at myself. I didn't know there was a "Restless Flycatcher." I assumed you were going to show a photo of a "restless" flycatcher hoping around or something on his perch. Made me laugh...beautiful photos!!

Neil said...

Thanks Larry and Kelly will have to keep the video camera handy next time will see if I can get a video of it in flight as well as the call.