A Western Wood-Pewee in the Centennial Valley of Montana

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A Western Wood-Pewee and crossed wiresA Western Wood-Pewee and crossed wires – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

In June of 2013 I spent a total of 11 days on two separate trips in the Centennial Valley of Montana and photographed Western Wood-Pewees for the first time. I’d seen pewees before but had never been able to get locked onto them before they flew away so I was excited to find several of them hawking prey from barbed wire fences along side of the South Valley Road that goes to Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

Western Wood-Pewees are drab, medium-sized, flycatchers that breed in the open forests and riparian habitats in western North America. They are migratory and spend the winter in South America but some may winter further north.

There might be a few patches of open sky later this morning, I sure hope so because I am getting a really bad case of cabin fever and it can only be cured by photographing birds.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child January 17, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Monochromatic magic.

  2. dave sparks January 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Love the colors of the background … especially for the gray Pewee.

  3. Patty Chadwick January 17, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I love this image of such a sassy-looking little bird. They hang around our sheds, sometimes fly inside the,, but usually like to sit on the back of some plastic Adirondack chairs we usually keep outside and keep their eyes on what we’re doing or watch for prey. Their colors are subtle, but I like that.

  4. Bob Bushell January 17, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Beautiful image.

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