Flycatcher vs. Fly Above Golden Gate Park

Here’s a flycatcher bird in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park heading along, minding its own business, when it spots a quick meal. Click to expand, if you’d like:

An eighth of a second later, it turns on a dime and heads after the flying bug:

An eighth of a second later, things looks bad for the fly. See it?

An eighth of a second later, success.

An eighth of a second later, it speeds up heading to a tree.

And, an eighth of a second after that, it slows down to make preparations for landing, we’d like to thank you for chosing to fly with us today. 

The whole sequence of discovering, turning, chomping, turning again, speeding up, and then slowing down took less than a second.

What a fast little flycatcher.  

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3 Responses to “Flycatcher vs. Fly Above Golden Gate Park”

  1. Can you let us know how you got these photos? What camera, video etc. are you using? Very cool post.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Canon 1D Mark II from 2004, 70-200mm 2.8L IS lens at 200mm, 1/2000th exposure, 8.5 frames per second. thx.

  3. David K says:

    Great pics, as usual! Bay Area Bird Blog is talking about throwing in the towel, so please keep us birdy people happy! Thanks again!