A stunning wee bird of Afrotropical forests including, Gallery and Mangrove Forests. It was previously considered to be a Monarch Flycatcher but is now placed in the family Stenostiridae -the Fairy Flycatchers.
I have tried over many years to get decent images of this bird but have never before succeeded. It tends to keep to the dim understorey and is hyperactive, rarely sitting for more than a second or two!
The closest I got was some poor images taken from a boat in The Gambia in mangrove forest -we sat for two hours in baking sun trying to get good views of this bird. My wife passed out with sunstroke and dropped her camera into the brackish water where it instantly died!
I was sitting on the balcony of our cabin at the Rondo Retreat, Kakamega where they have the very civilised custom of afternoon tea and cake when this wee beauty flitted into view on a low branch.
A fairy at the bottom of the garden!
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