Have you ever had a species that you struggled with and then all of the sudden, it becomes easier? Such was the case with the Phainopepla. I struggled to get close to these birds last December. This trip I found a area where they were used to people and I could work with them. They are really a striking bird in the sun. First up is a male that was defending his nest site. I was taken by the red eye looking through the bush.
The female is brown
When the sun hits the feathers on the male, they have a green shimmer.