Friday, September 14, 2012

Phoebe? Pe-wee? We'll Just Say "Flycatcher"

While I love this photo, it's a lesson in not being distracted while taking photos. My phone rang with a must-answer call, and when I looked back up the bird was gone.

I had no side or back views of the bird and hadn't observed it long enough to notice if it was doing the signature tail-bob of an Eastern Phoebe.

To be honest, I had just assumed it was a phoebe until I looked more closely at the shape of the head, overall color and the beak. Now I'm thinking it was probably an Eastern Wood-pewee.

Either way, it's one of my favorite photos due to the colors and the pose of the bird. It's a bit overexposed, but for pretty bright mid-day sun, I'm happy with it. And, it's a great reminder to be "in the moment" more often.