If there was ever a reason to get up early in the morning during the last few days, it was the quality of light we had between 7 and 8 AM. Another good reason was the encounter of an Eastern Phoebe, actually two of them. They were perching on branches and trying to catch insects in our front yard. I have tried to get a decent picture of these small flycatchers since several years now and never got a desirable result. But they are so much fun to watch and it never gets boring.
The problem with them is getting an unobstructed view in good light. They accept my presence on our front porch but I can't move much around because that scares them away. So I wait patiently until the phoebe choses a perch in killer light and sits still for a couple seconds. As you can imagine I have trashed many pictures before I got this one.