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  • Emily
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    • Great Kiskadee, Isla de Flores, Guatemala. January 2023. Canon Rebel T5 EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III.
    • Kiskadees are common but incredibly striking flycatchers where I am currently living in Guatemala. Like many flycatchers, they swoop up from a perch to hunt for food before quickly returning to the same perch or one nearby. As the first photo depicts, they can also hunt for small aquatic animals. My third photo shows the Kiskadee taking off from a telephone wire (a favorite perch) in search of food.
    • In my area, they can be easily mistaken for Social Flycatchers or Boat-Billed Flycatchers, but the beak is a distinguishing feature (larger than the Social, smaller than the Boat-Billed) and their distinctive call "Kis-Ka-Dee."
    • I have some trouble getting out in areas that are safe to bring my camera, but I knew I wanted to photograph the Kiskadee because it is both a common bird and incredibly striking. I traveled to a more tropical region of the country last week (the Petén region, for those who are familiar) and was able to watch several Kiskadees along the edge of late Petén-Itzá. I walked along the edge of lake for about an hour, observing the Kiskadees as well as other local birds like Great Tailed Grackles, Mangrove Swallows, a Baltimore Oriole and American Coots. The shoreline attracts a fun mix of wading birds, flycatchers, warblers, and swifts!
    • Kiskadees also frequently perch on telephone wires outside of my 4th floor apartment, which is a fun angle, but I haven't been successful yet in getting a good picture from my balcony--will add it when I do!
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