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Old Feb 8, 2010, 3:00 PM   #1
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Ok not the sharpest, not the best exposure or perch, but I finally got a picture of this fella that has always managed to avoid me. Wish I could have gotten a tree perch and had the tail in the picture. Not sure of the ID.

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Old Feb 8, 2010, 3:45 PM   #2
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I think you under estimate it. Looks pretty sharp on my monitor, widowmaker.
wish I could help out on the ID but, I'm not familiar with it.
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Old Feb 8, 2010, 4:59 PM   #3
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Perhaps an Eastern Phoebe?

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Old Feb 8, 2010, 5:48 PM   #4
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Ok I posted on another site and have had several say is a Black Phoebe... so I will go with that
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Old Feb 8, 2010, 7:52 PM   #5
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Heres another angle.

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Old Feb 8, 2010, 11:49 PM   #6
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Yes, definitely a Black Phoebe and very nice closeup to boot. Excellent.
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Really nice buttery background too.
What's he perched on, a fence post?
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Old Feb 9, 2010, 3:40 PM   #8
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Really nice buttery background too.
What's he perched on, a fence post?
Its a post on the bridge that goes over a little creek, which runs though the apartment grounds where I live.
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Great photo - a bird we never see here in the southeast. Our Phoebes are also very difficult to approach - you are both patient and skilled!
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Yes, as others have said, it is a Black Phoebe. They are usually water-associated, and I have a pond in my back yard, so we have a pair every year actively hunting from perches in the yard near the pool - they nest somewhere nearby, but I have never located a nest directly in my yard -- however, they feed their young ones here. Very nice photos - mine don't let me get that close.
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