Black Phoebe, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Last Day of 2015

Last Day of 2015


Black Phoebe, in Last Day of 2015, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Black Phoebe


It’s the last day of 2015.

And here is my friend, the Black Phoebe.

You will find this bird on this branch every day at the Fullerton Arboretum.

But you will find this bird on this branch with this background only during December and January. And then, you will find this warm side light only early in the morning.

This commemorates an important aspect of bird photography.

Bird photography begins as an activity, evolves into a craft, and matures into an art.

These latter phases require being in the right place at the right time with the right equipment.

I’ll share that I’m always seeking a deeper understanding of what I do.

This helps me with everything, including taking better photos, giving better presentations, and conducting better photo classes.

As part of this reflective process I write an annual report on my life.

I invite you to see the photo version of this report that I published on this web site – Annual Report 2015.

Much success,

Steve Kaye


Birding Resources

Here are two excellent books about birds. I recommend both of them.

101 Ways to Help Birds, by Laura Erickson

The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation, by Daniel J. Lebbin, etal.


Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.
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7 Comments
  • Beth Kingsley Hawkins
    Posted at 10:17h, 05 January

    Hi, Steve, thanks for sharing your annual wealth of birds – LOVE the angry Anna’s hummingbird! Heart, Beth

  • Penny Schafer
    Posted at 13:47h, 05 January

    Beautiful photo. I need to learn more about birds, I feed them and watch them and love it when they use the bird bath… but don’t know many of their names or habits. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ron Oglevie
    Posted at 18:13h, 05 January

    Love it, have them just outside a window, sans the background, busy little birds.

  • Georgette Howington
    Posted at 19:33h, 05 January

    Hi Steve, didn’t we meet at the NABS convention in Newport Beach a few years ago? Stunning photography. If you are open to letting me post the secondary-cavity nesters on the Bluebird Recovery FB page we would appreciate that. I am trying to build an audience. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy New Year! Bluebird blessings, Georgette Howington, California Bluebird Recovery Program

  • Tracie Lynne Hall
    Posted at 07:11h, 06 January

    Stunning! He’s even got his beak open a smidgen, like he’s just finished saying, “pose here, like this?”. That IS a fabulous background!
    So you say this fellow hangs out here a lot? I’m pretty sure I’ve met him too then. ‘Caught him one day bouncing back and forth between the pine and the bench….but my best posed one wasn’t as sharp as I’d have liked..
    I’m anxious to read your annual but must get ready for work. Hope to get back to it today though.
    Take care. ..

  • JJ Meyer
    Posted at 08:46h, 06 January

    Love this photo! I have a pair that waits on my patio for a handout of mealworms every morning. They have such personalities.

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 14:58h, 07 January

    Hi Steve,

    They are cute little birds. I see that Ron Oglevie responded to you – he is a long-time friend and former aerospace guy. .

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