Many of us have probably been told by someone (maybe even our mothers) to "close your mouth or you'll catch flies!
Well in this instance, for the Eastern Phoebe, it is an adage to live by and an action that is required to "live".
I was just watching the comings and goings of the regulars at the creek when I noticed a small bird dashing across the water. As it dashed, it grazed the water and then alighted on a low branch, much like a small raptor "hawking" its prey.
I am not the most knowledgeable when it comes to identifying smaller birds but this little one appeared somewhat different from the "regulars".