Friday, 13 August 2010

Fly away Flycatchers!

As many of our African migrants begin to depart the UK it marks the end of summer and soon we'll welcome autumn migrants passing through and then our winter visitors. I thought it would be fitting to finally display some of my Spotted Flycatcher photo's from the past couple of months. Spotted Flycatchers are one of the last African migrants to arrive for the summer, they have to pair up, breed, nest and raise young very quickly and rely on good numbers of insects and suitable habitat, they are a bird on the decline and one this year i was really keen to photograph.

Luckily we have quite a few local spots that Spot Fly's have chosen to nest in this year and many of the adult birds have been very obliging, i was even lucky enough to peer into the nest of a pair and see 5 babies peering back at me! Watching these birds has been a privelage, i hope their numbers don't fall and we continue to have them visiting us for the short period they choose to do so, here are just a few of the many images i have taken....