Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, California ----------

The Black Phoebe is the other phoebe that we don’t see in the eastern part of the US (see my post from yesterday). It is a permanent resident in the southwestern states. The area in the ecological reserve where I found this bird doesn’t have any trees and the barbed wire fence was obviously the best perch the phoebe could find to look out for insects. It wasn’t my first sighting but this was the closest I have ever been to a Black Phoebe.

The sun was almost at its highest point when the click was made. A hint of flash helped to overcome the harsh light situation, not much different than shooting a portrait at the beach…