Photo of the Week: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Crested Caracara

6/10/2013 | 3


Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Crested Caracara ©2013 Butch Ramirez

Our new photo of the week shows a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher mobbing a much larger Crested Caracara. Butch Ramirez of Laredo, Texas, shot the photo on June 2 at his photography ranch with a Canon 7D and a 400mm F2.8 IS L lens.

“I was observing and photographing several Crested Caracaras feeding on a wild hog carcass,” he says. “As each of several raptors came in, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher seemed to be more and more agitated. It made contact with this caracara in flight and never backed off. A Northern Mockingbird was doing the same thing, as if they were part of a team. None of the raptors seemed to be bothered by the aggressions. Usually, this behavior means that a nest is nearby, although I didn’t see it.”

You can see more of Butch’s photos on Flickr.

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  • Paul O’Toole

    Now thats a strange pair indeed. Nice timing to get this shot Butch.


  • geopix

    Amazing shot!

  • Hans Spiecker

    Excellent shot Butch! Certainly worthy of the pick.