Seen on a walk along the wooded shore of Brotherswater in the English Lake District. This lovely male was singing his socks off. He had a mate in a nearby nest sitting on eggs.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR Sigma 150-500 zoom at 500mm handheld,7th May 2013
Featured in The Beautiful North Of England May 2013
The European Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) is a small passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family, one of the four species of Western Palearctic black-and-white flycatchers. It breeds in most of Europe and western Asia. It is migratory, wintering mainly in western Africa. It hybridizes with the Collared Flycatcher. This species practices polygyny, usually bigamy, with the male travelling large distances to acquire a second mate. The male will mate with the secondary female and then return to the primary female in order to help with aspects of chick rearing, such as feeding.
The European Pied Flycather is insectivorous. Its diets also includes arthropods. This species commonly feeds on spiders, ants, bees and similar prey. Source Wikipedia