Thursday, October 23, 2008

Skywatch Friday: Black Phoebe, Blue sky

Black Phoebe, Blue Sky by Kathiesbirds 10-15-08

Click on photo to enlarge for best view.

The Black Phoebe is most often found around water where is perches on a low branch hunting insects. Like all Phoebe's it often "wags" its tail while perched. I saw my first one at Boyce Thompson arboretum last September and photographed this one when I visited this year. Uncharacteristically it was in a mostly dead tree in the picnic area alongside the currently dry Queen Creek.

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30 comments:

Picturing of Life said...

omg...so beautiful

I hope you stop by at my SWF post also in HERE or HERE. Thanks

Kyle said...

Beautiful shot, Kathie! Always nice to fine such a great birding photo on the SkyWatch list.

Have a great weekend!

~Kyle

shaker said...

I can almost hear its song !

bobbie said...

A very, VERY blue sky. And a lovely bird.

Quiet Paths said...

Is this working now? Beautiful little bird; not very big looks like. And yes the sky is sooo blue! I would be singing my heart out too.

Deborah Godin said...

Beautiful photo - it looks like the phoebe is having its own 'skywatch'!

Eric Ripma said...

Great photo. You captured this Black Phoebe beautifully. Nice job.

Celeste said...

Beautiful picture Kathie. I spent slmost an hour watching a black phoebe on a beach in San Diego. It had chosen a stick that protruded about a foot out of the sand as its perch and was just feasting on sand flies and anything else that happened to pass - fond memories :)

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely SWF photo, Kathie. I'll have to ask my daughter if she's seen a Black Phoebe here (I've not.) I know we get transient Eastern Phoebes; I've seen them in our church garden.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I like the details on this shot and the bend bill end. Neat.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Oh nice, it's beautiful... crisp and clear details... it's as if it's right in front of me alive!
Have a wonderful weekend!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

Texas Travelers said...

Great shot.
We don't see too many Black Phoebes here in Ft. Worth. Have to go a little further West and South.

Nice "Sky Watch" today.
Come visit our , Backpacking in the Rain.
Troy and Martha

Ces said...

That is a very blue sky. I still love your header. That is a wonderful sight.

babooshka said...

Sensational. You have a real sffinity with the birds. W have a rare garden visitor here, a grey wagtail which I'm trying to snap.

Wren said...

Great photo - I like the contrast of the two colors

Pea in a Pod said...

Oh my gosh! Beautiful shot with that bird and the background of blue sky!!! One of my fave this week:) Mine is up HERE. Hope to see you there! Happy SWF!~

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I love Tucson and the southeastern part of AZ. There are so many bird species and such beauty.
Your Phoebe is beautiful against the blue sky. :)

~Lisa

thebirdersreport said...

Hi Kathie, Super capture of the Phoebe against that beautiful blue sky plus the branches breaking it up. Such a coincidence that I saw my first Black Phoebe on my property this evening!

Louise said...

Nice bird, and against that pretty blue, it is even better!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I enjoyed learning about your phoebe. Nice photo.
Marnie

AphotoAday said...

Three chirps for a great photo...

kjpweb said...

Bravo - these are cuties! You captured Phoebe well! (Love the name)
Cheers, Klaus

D Herrod said...

Very pretty. Have a great weekend.

Arija said...

Kathie that is a cute little tweety bird and such a true blue sky behind it.

The Texican said...

Hi Kathie, I'm back. Just catching up. Pappy

Michele Wassell said...

Beautiful photos and blog!

Fish Whisperer said...

Great shot. The contrast between the bird and the sky is perfect.
Cheers

Gallicissa said...

It has got an interesting name.
It reminded me of the late Phoebe Snetsinger - the third ranked birder of the top worldlisters with over 8,400 birds seen!

Texas Travelers said...

I forgot to mention that we like the phoebes in general because they seem to be a greeting bird in the state parks. ;o)

Come visit anytime,
Troy and Martha

PS: Some Alaska Sunday photos are up today.

It's an exercise in HDR Photography.

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T.R. said...

This is a great idea for Skywatch. Really, really special post. Subtle yet makes you stop in your tracks. You have so much vision and talent!