In the night...the scream of the rabbit is terrible. But the scream of the owl which is not of pain and hopelessness and fear of being plucked out the world, but of the sheer rollicking glory of the death-bringer, is more terrible still.

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.


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!