Vermilion Flycatcher (Leucistic) by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at Sweetwater Wetlands, Tucson,AZ Jan 2010
123 views as of 3-4-10

Generally seen alone or paired, perches on a low branch to scan for prey. Spotting it, then darting after the flying insects, catching them on the wing. Will also pounce on prey seen on the ground from a low perch. Like a Phoebe, pumps and spreads its tail continuously while perched.

Found near sources of water in arid and semiarid regions. Man-made irrigation zones,small wooded ponds,streamside bushes,etc. Females build a nest of sticks,grass,weeds, and feathers in the fork of a tree.

The male, as seen here, is somewhat similar to the Scarlet Tanager due to the striking red plumage. Difference? You don’t see Scarlet Tanagers where you see Vermilions. (That’s what my resource books say)

Leucism is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals and humans. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.

This lil bird has become the celebrity at the wetlands. I have been several times and this day had the most I have seen. All to see this lil angel bird.

VOICE Song a rolling pi-pi-pi-piprrrrt!, rising then falling; repeated with mechanical regularity, often during slow, butterfly-like display. CALL a sharp, high pseep

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • RichImage
    RichImagealmost 5 years ago

    NICE kimberly, really nice capture…

  • After I saw your pic, I got the Rare Bird alert in my email! So I thought it was as sign that perhaps I should try. I was shocked that so many people came to see this lil angel. I got lucky, because after this shot he went up and had the cloudy sky as the backdrop……we know how that goes…..Thank you Richard so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Kimberly of this little local celebrity…The info you have provided here is simply astounding. I have never heard of leucism in a bird before…Albino in animals yes….I give Special thanks to you, for sharing all this info with the group…..inst fave as well.

  • Your comment is inspiring to me Larry, Thank you so much. I try to meet the standards and expectations of those who look for it. You leaving this puts a smile on my heart letting me know that I am on the right track. Thanks Larry!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Great shot, interesting natural history. Love the one in flight, too.

  • Thank you so very much Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    A very rare treat indeed! This is a unique capture. Hang on to this one! Just a note on the vermillon flycatcher…the size, coloration and flight patterns make them distinctly different from the scarlet tanager. The scarlet tanager does not have the mask across his face here as opposed to the vermillon flycatcher here The scarlet tanager is a larger bird than the flycatcher. You wouldn’t necessarily find them in North America in the same area…but in their migratory route you will find them in the same area ie South America where the tanager winters in the area where the flycatcher lives.
    Fantastic capture here and the envy of many a birder!

  • Thank you so very much for the comment as well as the extra knowledge. Would you have a problem if I added that to the info already given? I do appreciate it!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • WiredMarys
    WiredMarysalmost 5 years ago

    How wonderful you got this photo. We have seen this little beauty too and we seem to only be able to view him when I don’t take my camera. I did take the point and shoot yesterday and even saw him, but it didn’t do justice to him. You got a lovely shot here.

  • I am curious as to when you were there yesterday (Sunday). I was there as well between 10 and 2PM. I wonder if you are one of the few gals I talked to….Thank you so very much for your comment. I was lucky enough to get better shots of him on Sunday that I hope to upload soon.

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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