Perched Gray Flycatcher Eating A Damselfly

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Gray Flycatcher with DamselfyGray Flycatcher with Damselfly – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/750, ISO 250, Nikkor 200-400mm VR w/1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not a set up

This photo was taken at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in August of 2009 which is just before these flycatchers migrate south for the winter. When I first spotted the Gray Flycatcher it was flitting around in some dead shrubs along the auto tour loop. Gray Flycatchers are found throughout the sagebrush of the Great Basin and are known for the way they constantly move their tails downward. These flycatchers capture flying insects on the wing or from the ground and are found in forests where there ponderosa pines, junipers, pinyon pines or sagebrush steppes.

I have to say that Gray Flycatchers move fast which can make it a challenge to track them with a long, heavy lens. As I watched the Gray Flycatcher it flew towards me, snatched a damselfly from mid air then landed on a dead branch not too far away and proceeded to eat it while I photographed the bird. The light was wonderful, the setting appealing and the action was great. I don’t think I could have asked for a better background either. I was able to take a series of images of this flycatcher eating the damselfly.

I would love to have more opportunities with flycatchers, they are very interesting to observe and photograph.

Life is good.


This is a revised, updated version of an older post that I thought was worth sharing again. 


  1. Elephants Child June 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Another delightful capture.
    The small birds do move faster than greased lightening don’t they? And about as predictably.

  2. Wickersham's Conscience June 27, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Lovely capture. What camera were you using 7 years ago? The image quality is very good.

    • Mia McPherson June 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Thanks WC, I was using the Nikon D200 when I took this.

  3. Nicole June 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Gorgeous photo!

  4. Patty Chadwick June 27, 2017 at 9:29 am

    An interesting image…I didn’t know they ate damsel flies…I have trouble telling Flycatchers from Phoebes…

  5. April Olson June 27, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Very nice photo, lovely background colors and the milkweed fluff or grass seed tops on the branch are nice touch too.

  6. Bob mcphersons June 27, 2017 at 5:31 am

    BeAutiful photos, ,MiA

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