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Black Phoebe

Black Phoebe


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The Black Pheobe! Some might say they are ubiquitous to the point of boredom. Or that if you have seen one you have seen them all. I would respond that it does not make each one any less beautiful and amazing to watch.

Guardians of the waterways, they stake out their territories one after another along the edge of the river. It is not unusual to see a dozen or more on a hike upstream. With a propensity to boldly perch out in the open, they can be witnessed quickly launching into the air to grab a tasty insect meal and then returning to their perch. They are a perfect subject for the beginning wildlife or bird photographers, and honestly, as an experienced photographer I never tire of taking shots of them.

I found this Pheobe today during a walk along the San Pedro River. With its clear demarcation of black head and gray back it was more distinctly colored than I am used to seeing. I am unsure if it is in breeding plumage of just young. Either way, I feel blessed to have the chance to take its photo.

I remain His scribe.

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Shot date: April 15, 2019
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at f/8.0 Bias:⅓ EV
Lens: EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM
ISO: 3200