This hovering Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was between the entrance to the Auto Tour Road and Tuff Boat Ramp. This was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

These birds can catch insects in the air or like in this photo by hovering near vegetation.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Hovering
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Hovering

How I Got The Shot – Hovering Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

I was able to pull to the side of the Auto Tour road to photograph this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. I was using a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a Canon EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens. I had this setup resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f7.1
  • ISO 500
  • Shutter speed – 1/2500 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Exposure Bias – 0 EV
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 500 mm