Sunday, December 16, 2012

Vermilion Flycatcher - Pantanal, Brazil

A photograph of a vermilion Flycatcher taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) - Pantanal, Brazil

We first saw the Vermilion Flycatcher about 40-50 meters away, as a red blur streaking around the shrubs while feeding on insects. It was quite a distance away and we couldn't really see the bird but the colour was unmistakable. I also saw the bird on our last day in the Pantanal when it flew into the garden of our lodge and let me photograph it for a few minutes.

More photographs inside.

A photograph of a vermilion Flycatcher taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
 Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) - Pantanal, Brazil

The bird was flying around feeding and on small insects that it took in flight. It would make a number of short flights but returned to one the same perches. This made positioning myself a bit easier and I was able to take a few decent photographs.

A photograph of a vermilion Flycatcher taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
 Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) - Pantanal, Brazil

The Vermilion Flycatcher is common in semi-open habitats with scattered bushes and trees. They are also regularly seen in gardens and around houses. The photographs on this post are of the male of the species. I didn't see any female Vermilion Flycatchers in the area. The females is distinctly different to the male as its upper parts are a grayish-brown in colour.

A photograph of a vermilion Flycatcher taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) - Pantanal, Brazil

I used the Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens for all the photographs on this post. The photographs were all taken late in the morning and there was plenty of light. Since the bird was perched on branches and bushes, the light was dappled.

A photograph of a vermilion Flycatcher taken in the Pantanal in Brazil
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) - Pantanal, Brazil







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