This Spotted Flycatcher was taken at Corpusty, Norfolk in June of this year – Catching mayflies obviously feeding chicks. Canon 500mm f4 II Canon 1d Mark IV. They are a rare bird now in the UK. At first glance, spotted flycatchers might seem dull brownish-grey and maybe even a bit boring. It’s better to think of them as beautiful in an understated way. Watch them for a short period and you’ll be charmed by their fly-catching antics. Spotted flycatchers fly from a high perch, dash out to grab a flying insect and return to the same spot. They are one of our later arriving spring migrants, normally arriving sometime between April and May, then they leave us again September ish to return to central Africa.
You can hear their sound on this site