A useful feature when photographing Spotted Flycatchers is their propensity to have a favourite perch from which to flit out and catch flies or insects, and often return to the same perch. This can frequently be a suitable tree branch or a stick in the ground.
A fast shutter speed is essential to photograph this species in flight or when moving on their perch.
Pied Flycatchers have the same propensity as Spotted Flycatchers to have a favourite perch, but not habitually a small tree branch. Even when they have caught prey to feed young, they quite frequently take it to somewhere on the ground first.
Again, for a bird that is flying or moving, a fast shutter speed is required.
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