I saw this striking black and white bird darting out from its perch to snap at insects flying by. It acted like our Eastern Phoebe, but was a much prettier bird.
Since the bird returned often to the same perch, I just hung out there to see if I could get a close-up.
Kind of looks like he is keeping an eye on me, instead of vice versa.
Black Phoebes are strictly a western species, occurring along the coast of California down to Mexico and through Mexico and Central America. They like to stay near water, and can even scoop little fish from the surface of streams and lakes, but they are known as “hawkers”, that is, sit-and-wait predators that snatch insects flying by. Another trait that makes them memorable is their tail wag, accompanied by a high-pitched buzz-tweep call.
Black Phoebes seem to be fairly tolerant of photographers, at least this one was.