I took some awesome photos of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher perched on a tree full of thorns. It happened at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The way the bird sat on the thorny branches looked really cool.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher's Thorny Perch

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher’s Thorny Perch

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is a special kind of bird that I captured with my camera. Its tail feathers are long and look like scissors. The bird had beautiful colors, like soft pinks, whites, and grays. It stood out against the sharp thorns of the tree. It was amazing to see!

This bird is found in North America, especially in open places like grasslands and prairies. It eats insects and is very good at flying around to catch them. One interesting thing about the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is its long tail. It helps the bird change direction quickly when it’s flying. The tail looks like a pair of scissors opening up.

When it’s time for the bird to find a mate, the males do fancy moves in the air to impress the females. They show off their long tails and make pretty sounds. It’s their way of saying, “Hey, I’m here, and I’m cool!”

We need to take care of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and make sure it stays safe. That’s why places like Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge are important. They protect animals like this bird and provide them with a home. Preserving these special places helps keep nature in balance.

I had an awesome time photographing the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in the thorn tree. It reminded me of how amazing and tough nature can be. These birds are a treasure, and we should do our best to protect them for the future.

Here is a photo of this same Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with a Butterfly: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Eating Butterfly

Gear Used:

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


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: April 30, 2023 (10:33 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: +0.3
  • Focal Length: 500 mm