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Black-tailed gnatcatcher        Images © Mark A. Chappell

These small, very active birds are found in southwestern deserts.   They closely resemble the widespread blue-gray gnatcatcher (which lacks a black cap) and the somewhat less strikingly marked California gnatcatcher.   These males paused briefly on ocotillo stems, agave leaves, creosote bushes, and palo verde trees near Palm Desert and in Joshua Tree National Park, both in southern California.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II, 7D, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, some with extension tube, fill-in flash (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017)