Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda, August 2022 — This is the female of the Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, not an uncommon bird in Uganda west of lake Victoria, but rare other places in East Africa. It is, I would say, also uncommon at the elevation where we were in Bwindi, but it is generally seen where we saw it…high in the top of tree or up into the canopy. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Photo and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f5 and f4 @ 1/1000th.
Carolina Wren: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — Look who showed up under the feeders on our back deck! Carolina Wrens are not unheard of in Maine, especially at feeders during the early winter, but this is a first for our yard! In fact, most range maps had a little extension up the coast of Maine as far as Portland colored as regular, even breeding, for Carolina Wren, with an area up into southern Canada where they are “rare”. I just don’t think of them as coming that far north, and this is my first, not only for our yard, but for Maine. It showed up a few days ago for a few moments when Carol saw it and was able to describe it well enough so that I knew what it was…but then yesterday, early, it came with the neighborhood mixed feeding flock and was on the deck for long enough for me to get the camera. These shots are through the glass of the deck door. I would love to have one settle in and nest in the yard. Wouldn’t that be something! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro on the Mac Air. ISO 1600 and 2000 @ f4 @ 1/500th.