.......................................... Strix the harbinger
...........................................guards OakWood's gate, ever asking,
.............. . ......................................"Whooo passes this night?"

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Black Phoebe

Here's a set I took at Benstsen State Park, south of Mission, Texas. The Black Phoebe is a bird of Mexico and up the California coast. Down here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley it's pretty rare, maybe just a few scattered pairs. As far as I know this may be the only pair this year. Whatever, in the words of the great Paul Prappas, this is a great bird.

I rather like the blurred wingbeats. It's more the way we actually perceive them with our eyes. I am rationalizing -  it was low light and if  I opened up the aperture enough to freeze the action the pictures would been even grainier than they are now. We have to play the cards we are dealt.









4 comments:

Redwing said...

That there Phoebe is a GREAT BIRD!

Allie said...

I am not into birds but two years ago I noticed a little bird at a local park looking right at me and chirping. When I got home I saw the same type of bird on my mailbox looking at me. Since I feed the wild lizards around my house I went in and got the meal worms. Sure enough this bird loved them. We named it Timmy. It comes by every afternoon and chirps at my window. What a cool bird!!!!

Gunnar Berg said...

Another GREAT bird!

Anonymous said...

Black Phoebe was seen all morning today working insects from the the canal at Bentson. Beautiful bird!