These photos are from a flying demonstration at The Center for Birds of Prey, Awendaw, SC. The wire from the bird’s back in the photo above is from a radio transmitter that will help the staff locate the bird should he take an “unauthorized” trip.
The yellow pigmentation in the beak and feet is exaggerated due to the bird’s diet which is somewhat different than it would be in the wild.
It was great to see the bird close up, but nothing matches seeing him in flight, his red tail in full view.
These Eastern Phoebes were back and forth in a swampy area. They and some other small birds were going about their business while various ducks, herons, and alligators did the same in the adjacent small pond.
The Common Yellowthroat was more elusive, sticking to the brush.