The Black Phoebe


This is a reprise of my post of 6/12/14, which included a poem entitled “Yellow Sally”. This poem makes mentions of a black phoebe, and I went back and photographed that bird the next evening. Here’s the poem, followed by two photos of “our” phoebe. In the first photo, the phoebe has caught, not a Yellow Sally, but a damsel fly (the beautiful light green background is a grove of Russian olives). In the second photo, he’s perched on the mid-stream log.

Yellow Sally

The Yellow Sally is a stone fly
about an inch long
The trout love them
as does the black phoebe
who’s found a new perch out in the current
on a big log
newly arrived at the tip of the island
The Yellow Sallies fly on four wings
looking like little Chinook helicopters
When they hatch during high water
as we have right now
they deprive the trout of the chance
to grab them off the surface
and me the chance to catch the trout
on a dry Yellow Sally pattern

Black phoebe with damsel fly

Black phoebe with damsel fly

Black phoebe on midstream log

Black phoebe on midstream log

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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