Great Crested Flycatcher bringing food to the nest hole in Walworth County Wisconsin on June 21, 2016

My day started out meeting up with Anne Moretti and birding at the Beulah Bog in Walworth County. We tried for the White-eyed Vireo and heard it well but just could not get looks at it. I had tried the day before too and heard it numerous times, sometimes very close by but just could not get looks at this bird. It was a great experience birding with Anne as she can just walk down the path and call out all the birds on both sides, it was a first for me experience at that. Her hearing is just incredible along with the knowledge of bird calls. It amazed me! I know other birders do this, and common in the birding world, it was just a great experience. From there I photographed a Great Crested Flycatcher bringing food to the nest hole. For the most part it captured dragonfly species and Mayflies. Once it captured a Admiral Butterfly and perched on a nearby tree limb as it is typical of what it does before it enters the nest hole. The butterfly struggled to get away, still alive, for fear it would lose the butterfly the flycatcher just ate butterfly, pretty cool to see. Some caterpillars were also brought in. The birds tail each time when feeding the young stuck out of the nest hole just a little bit so the young must pretty far down in the nest hole yet. Some Gray Catbirds gave the flycatchers some grief on occasion near the nest hole tree but nothing amounted to anything. Images were taken on June 21, 2016.

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Great Crested Flycatcher with a Prince Baskettail

Great Crested Flycatcher

Binomial name: Myiarchus crinitus

Category: Tyrant Flycatchers

Size: 8.75” long, 13” wing span

Weight: 1.2 oz

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Great Crested Flycatcher with a Prince Baskettail

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Great Crested Flycatcher nest hole

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Great Crested Flycatcher with insect

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An adult feeding young in the nest hole

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Great Crested Flycatcher with a Admiral Butterfly. It ate this butterfly before making it to the nest hole as it appeared it may slip away as it was still alive and it looked like it might get away.

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Great Crested Flycatcher with a Prince Baskettail

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Great Crested Flycatcher with a dragonfly species

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Great Crested Flycatcher going down the branch on the way to the nest hole

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Great Crested Flycatcher going down the branch closer to the nest hole

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Great Crested Flycatcher just before it leaves the nest hole after feeding, looks around, all points clear!

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Great Crested Flycatcher with a dragonfly

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Great Crested Flycatcher with something

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Leaving the nest hole after feeding the young

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Great Crested Flycatcher with something

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Great Crested Flycatcher with insects

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Great Crested Flycatcher with a Mayfly

Great Crested Flycatcher with a Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Great Crested Flycatcher with a Prince Baskettail

Great Crested Flycatcher with a dragonfly

Great Crested Flycatcher with a dragonfly

Great Crested Flycatcher with a drogonfly

Great Crested Flycatcher with a dragonfly

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Admiral Butterfly that does not get away series, not the sharpest images…

 

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Just after catching the Admiral Butterfly the Great Crested Flycatcher perches near the nest hole

The struggle continues as the butterfly tries to get away

The struggle continues as the butterfly tries to get away

And continues...

And continues…

And continues...

And continues…

And continues...

And continues…

And continues...

And continues…

And continues...

And continues…

One the way down...

One the way down…

And...

And…

And...

And…

Gone!!

Gone!!

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

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