Olive-sided Flycatcher Perched on Dead Snag
On August 27 at Paletta Lakefront Park in Burlington, Ontario I spotted and photographed an Olive-sided Flycatcher; a “lifer” for me. This uncommon large-headed flycatcher often perches on dead snags at the tops of trees and that was exactly the situation here. In the photo below, I cropped it and did some minor cloning to remove a couple of distracting twigs. Additionally I used an 80A photo filter in Photoshop to enhance the blue sky in the background (but using a mask so as not to apply the filter to the bird or branches). I will sometimes use this filter when confronted with dull grayish skies or make adjustments using the HSL adjustment layer in Photoshop to bring out the existing blue in the background sky.
Olive-sided Flycatcher prefers dead snags and the very tops of trees. This flycatcher is distinguished by its large head, fairly long and heavy bill, and its open-vested appearance, all of which are clearly seen in the above photo. The eye is large compared with pewees. This migrant is on its way to Central or South America where it will spend its winters. (Dunne 2006).
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Dunne, Pete 2006. Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, New York.