Here's a set I took at Benstsen State Park, south of Mission, Texas. The Black Phoebe is a bird of Mexico and up the California coast. Down here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley it's pretty rare, maybe just a few scattered pairs. As far as I know this may be the only pair this year. Whatever, in the words of the great Paul Prappas, this is a great bird.
I rather like the blurred wingbeats. It's more the way we actually perceive them with our eyes. I am rationalizing - it was low light and if I opened up the aperture enough to freeze the action the pictures would been even grainier than they are now. We have to play the cards we are dealt.