I spotted this Eastern Phoebe from a distance, his whitish chest shining like a beacon in all this dried winter brown. I was pleased he stayed put until I got a bit closer.
After a bit he entertained me with some flutter dives as he hunted, then he landed in this nearby dried stalk.
I had a narrow gap view of this Eastern Phoebe perched on a cattail at the edge of a small pond.
I waited for a clear shot as the tall grasses and hanging Spanish Moss waved around in a slight breeze.
The breeze was agitating the water, too, giving interesting ripple patterns in the background.
I usually see Phoebes down close to the water or ground scouting for insects but this one decided a tree top was a better spot for a few minutes.
The Phoebe was perched in one of these trees that line a path on a dike between two ponds.
The Eastern Phoebes around the rice field canals often eat by alternating flying out over the canal to gather insects and landing on a perch that overhangs the water.
The marsh reeds appeared golden at the end of the afternoon on this day and I was able to get a bit better background as I got closer to this Phoebe.
Not surprisingly, many of their chosen perches are obstructed from view by branches and reeds. And they don’t hold still very long.
An Eastern Phoebe flew up from the brush around the marsh edge and paused on this reed stalk.
I tried re-positioning myself to capture the bird with a sky background, but it was not to be as the Phoebe had other plans.