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Common Grackle

Common Grackle
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-06
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-16 15:55
Viewed: 4371
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Common Grackle

Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they've been slightly stretched. They're taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens. They eat many crops (notably corn) and nearly anything else as well, including garbage. In flight their long tails trail behind them, sometimes folded down the middle into a shallow V shape.

Life History



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BlackbirdsTypical VoiceSize & Shape
Common Grackles are large, lanky blackbirds with long legs and long tails. The head is flat and the bill is longer than in most blackbirds, with the hint of a downward curve. In flight, the wings appear short in comparison to the tail. Males are slightly larger than females.

Color Pattern
Common Grackles appear black from a distance, but up close their glossy purple heads contrast with bronzy-iridescent bodies. A bright golden eye gives grackles an intent expression. Females are slightly less glossy than males. Young birds are dark brown with a dark eye.

You’ll often find Common Grackles in large flocks, flying or foraging on lawns and in agricultural fields. They strut on their long legs, pecking for food rather than scratching. At feeders Common Grackles dominate smaller birds. When resting they sit atop trees or on telephone lines, keeping up a raucous chattering. Flight is direct, with stiff wingbeats.

Common Grackles thrive around agricultural fields, feedlots, city parks, and suburban lawns. They’re also common in open habitats including woodland, forest edges, meadows, and marshes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-16 17:07]

Hi Jean Paul,

I bet you heard this Grackle before you saw him :-) A beautiful shot of him surrounded by the branches of the tree. The glossy colors, wonderful eye and sharp details are all superb. I love the woodsy setting.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-04-16 17:49]

Hello Jeanpaul,
A great shot of this Common Grackle. I really like the composition you chose, as it shows him off in his natural surroundings. His iridescent colorings are well seen and the detail is superb. Very informative notes. Super work!!

Hi Jeanpaul,

Perfectly composed and focussed capture of this lovely grackle in a fine pose with delihgtful composition and great details.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


bonjour Jean Paul

moi j'aime ce genre de photo où avec l'oiseau on voit
également son habitat, belle photo avec un excellent POV
superbement focusé avec d'excellente netteté et détails, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-04-17 12:16]

Hi Jeanpaul. Your Common Grackle blends into the back ground so well. Its the blue head feathers that stand out so well. I like the side ways glance from the bird.well taken TFS.

bonjour Jean Paul
magnifique photo de ce Quiscale bronzé dans un univers de branches, malgré les couleurs sombre de l'oiseau, il est très bien mit en évidence
les details sont excellents et sa pose est superbe
passe une bonne nuit

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-17 15:16]

Salut Jean Paul,un peu loin mais avec des details vraiment extraordinaires,une magnfique composition dans laquelle tu as joue' a la perfection avec la lumiere pour le meilleur resultat possible.Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,Luciano.

Hello Jeanpaul,

Superb cature of this Quiscalus quiscula, great POV, colors and details are just magnificent.
Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day,
sincerely paul

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-18 8:17]

Hi Jeanpaul,
well framed grackle in its natural surroundings. i like the catchy eye that gives a lively pose.
Well seen in its beauty with the texture of the branch in lively presentation.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-18 12:22]

Hello Jean Paul.
This picture is really lovely. I very much like the BG(nature)and the composition. Spot on! Great colours and lighting too.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-04-18 22:39]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
A fine unusual capture of a Common grackle, nicely framed by the bare branches against a contrasting OOF natural BG. The POV and pose with the turned head, the colours and sharpness make this a fine image.
Merci pour le partage,

Bonsoir Jean-Paul,
pretty presentation of the Common Grackle - close enough to see its characteristic bright eyes and to enjoy the blue iridescent feathers on its head, and distant enough to give a good idea of its woodland habitat. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-20 5:07]

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Cet oiseau porte un nom tout particulier et charmant en français! Une image naturelle qui nous montre l'habitat de l'oiseau, comme tu le décris dans ta note bien précise. Belle pose du quiscale dans cet enchevètrement de branches. Les puristes n'aiment pas trop, pour moi il est important que l'image véhicule certaines informations et ne présente pas seulemement une image plaisante.

Hallo Jean Paul
This is a lovely bird, its dark shiny colours in the feathers seen beautifully against the tree and branches in the background. A very natural placement of the bird against the brownish, branchy backdrop. The Grackle has striking features that is well seen even from afar, especially the eye that has magnetism to it. I would have love to have seen this bird from closer, to appreciate its fine qualities better, but that is maybe just because it is not a bird that are featured on the site every day. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Jean Paul, lovely Common Grackle in a wonderful natural ambientation, splendid composition, fantastic iridescent colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-04-28 9:23]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Voici un beau cadrage! Ton corvidé est bien mis en évidence, bravo!
Et dans ces arbres dénudés...ça sent le printemps!

Au plaisir


Great habitat shot, I like the way the bird is naturally framed here..
The grackle stands out very well, love that metallic blue head & yellow eye :)
Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-21 7:29]

Hello JeanPaul,
A beautiful capture of the Common Crackle in a natural environment. Excellent focus and sharp details. I love the colours too and the fine framing.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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