Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Sunnymede Park

As a wildlife photographer, I always find myself amazed by the beauty and diversity of nature. It’s fascinating to observe different animals in their natural habitats and try to capture their unique features through my lens. During my recent trip to Sunnymede Park in Fort Smith, Arkansas, I was lucky enough to come across a pair of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are a unique bird species that can be found in the southern regions of the United States. They are known for their distinctive long tails, which can be up to three times the length of their body. These birds are also characterized by their striking colors, with pale gray feathers on their head and neck, and salmon-pink on their underbelly.

As I sat on one of the benches along the trail, I noticed the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers flying around behind me. I quickly grabbed my camera and managed to get a shot of one of the birds trying to perch on a tall weed.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Sunnymede Park
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Sunnymede Park

What’s interesting about Scissor-tailed Flycatchers is their unique hunting behavior. They use their long tails to perform acrobatic maneuvers in the air, which helps them catch insects.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sunnymede Park, Fort Smith (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: May 3, 2023 (08:22 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500
  • ISO: 800 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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