Gray Catbird (Local, North + Central America)

♦️ Pub: Dec 11, 2019 | Updated: Dec 11, 2019 @ | Reading: < 1 min. ♦️

→ Snapped @ Triangle Area backyard, NC.
Never underestimate the power of body language.

In this instance, I struggled to line up a better shot. Simple reason: I’m not a PhotoShop kid. When I get the shot I want, post-processing begins and ends with a watermark and compression for posting, the latter transforming a porky megabytes pic into a speedy-loading xxx kilobytes.

On the other hand, if the snap prompts a “yech!,” I delete it outright. My patience simply does not extend to the photo editing process.

This wise guy futzed with me for a good 45 minutes. I’d kneel to take a from-an-ant’s-view snap; he’d fly off. I pulled one of my notorious belly flops; fool sounded like he was giggling at my efforts.

You can tell I’m in desperation mode by the very act of that belly flopping. Dirt, I can handle. But the 🦎🦗creepy crawlers🕷🐜 hanging out in the earth’s floor? Triggers my inner Carl Lewis! 🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️

Since I proved too dense to hone in on his ultimate message, AfroPuffBoy tried another tactic, this one revolving around a more blatant “kiss my …” concept.

Me: “Really? You wanna go there?”

Catbird: Changes to a slightly different angle, lifts his tail, showing even more of his—uh—orange area.

Me: “Oh.” 🚶🏽‍♀️

Photo shoot terminated. (Walking away while muttering in my best 2 year old voice: I ain’t wanna take yoe pic no dang way, chump!)

→ Catbird: 1

→ Pam, the would-be photographer: 😶


Gray Catbird, in Action

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