Just as we were headed back to the car, we spotted a few birds and stopped to take a look. One of the birds turned out to be Olive-sided Flycatcher which is pretty uncommon. I blogged about my "lifer" last year if you want to check it out click HERE. This bird was perched high on a dead branch as most Flycatchers like to do. They sit there and then fly out, catch a bug, and fly back to the same perch. We watched this guy do that a few times. You can tell from the photo that this is Olive-sided by the "vest".
The Flycatcher repositioned himself onto a bigger branch and sat there for awhile. I have more than a dozen photos that look just like the one below.
What happened next was pretty amazing - all captured frame by frame while Barbara was yelling. . .
Olive-sided Flycatcher leaving his perch in a hurry
"Kestral!" "Incoming!" And whoosh, the Kestral (which is a falcon that eats other birds and insects) came zooming in for a meal. Take note to which branch the Flycatcher is on above, then note where the Kestral lands below. The Flycatcher narrowly escaped - whew!
American Kestral coming in for a landing
American Kestral perching
Look at the expression on this falcon. She is obviously not happy that she missed that meal. I'm sure she grabbed a dragonfly down on fairway 9!