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Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto melvillensis) (adult female).04.Fogg Dam, Northern Territory, Australia.19 October 2014.Canon EOS7D.EF100-400.Speedlite 600 EX-RT | by geoff.whalan
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Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto melvillensis) (adult female).04.Fogg Dam, Northern Territory, Australia.19 October 2014.Canon EOS7D.EF100-400.Speedlite 600 EX-RT

I call this bird Sally. Sally's feeding area ranges over a fairly restricted area, some inaccessible due to intervening swamps. However, during mid-morning each day, Sally can be found in a small and defined accessible area with heavy shade and a residual late dry season stream at the edge of what is a paperbark (melaleuca) swamp during the summer wet season. I have yet to see the (jet black) male partner, if there is one. The shining flycatcher feeds in heavy and shaded vegetation along watercourses. I have never seen one outside of heavy tree cover, unlike related Myiagra genus members.

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Taken on October 19, 2014