A fly in the beak worth two in the web?


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The bird seems to me to be holding the fly up and asking "Is a fly in the beak worth two in the web?"

Canon Eos R5
Sigma 100-400mm @ 400mm F8
ISO 2500, 1/160th sec.



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Lovely capture, what kind of bird is that?

Nice detail and background blur, I might have cropped out the branches on the right they're a bit distracting.
I'm thinking it may be a Spotted Flycatcher but without any spots....

I can't see any way to remove those branches without also removing most of the spider web, and I like that being there. An alternative title would be "The early bird steals the spider's fly"

I'm not sure if the flycatcher caught the fly in the air as they are known to do or took the easy way out and 'caught' that hoverfly from the spider's web. An earlier shot 9 seconds before the bird has the hoverfly in its beak does show a hoverfly in the web which doesn't appear to be there later on.


Which makes the bird type a Non Spotted Fly Stealer or a Non Spotted Lazy Flycatcher ;)

I've done a bit of a crop and then blurred the branches which makes them less noticeable. I can PM you it? or post it here after the competition ends (otherwise I'd be putting in two entries :()
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