Monday, August 5, 2013

Black Phoebe-parent bird

/ I got this photo yesterday morning of a parent Black Phoebe that has been accompanying the fledglings. This phoebe was perched on a fence around Sell's Lake about 150 feet from the publicly accessible location where it could be seen so this photo is heavily cropped and does not show features as well as closer photos (like those I posted below of the fledgling). The lighter edges to it's wing feathers, a plumage characteristic found on adult birds is clearly visible as is the darker black of it's head compared to it's body. This bird appears to be molting a number of feathers on it's underparts. When the photo is enlarged further it can be seen that it's rectices (tail feathers) are more rounded than found on the fledgling. I didn't get any more photos of the fledglings yesterday or today. The parent bird moved them more distant on Sell's Lake yesterday and today when I refound 2 of them (at least one was in juvenal plumage) they were on the other side of the river (I cannot go down the river bank to get closer photos since I injured my knee doing that for the first photos). SeEtta