Vermilion Flycatcher at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

I photographed the first male Vermilion Flycatcher of the season at San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Riverside Co, CA. It was near the path between ponds C1 and B1 flying between Willow Trees.
When I saw it repeatedly landing on a sign I placed a branch above the sign so that it would land on the branch and look more natural. Then I waited until it got close to the branch and fired multiple shots. It is better to focus on the branch tip and then switch to manual focus. If you leave it on autofocus the camera might focus on the background instead of the bird.

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

 

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

 

Vermillion Flycatchers tend to fly back to the same branch over and over, so focus on the branch and start shooting multiple frames right before they land. It helps to use a tripod so you can use a cable release and not look through the viewfinder, but watch the bird BEFORE it gets in the frame.  I also switch from Auto Focus to Manual to keep focus on the same area.

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

 

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

 

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

Ferruginous Hawk and Vermillion Flycatcher

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk

I went back to the area north of San Jacinto Wildlife Area on Allessandro and took some improved photos of the Ferrugionous Hawks close to sunset to get blue sky and nice modeling on the hawk. Used a Canon 400 mm lens f 5.6 at 1/1600 sec at ISO 800 on Canon 7D.

Vermillion Flycatcher

Vermillion Flycatcher

This is the lone Vermillion Flycatcher at the Oak Hill cemetery in the northeast corner. These are generally rare in the San Diego area, more common in the S Arizona area and SW Texas.