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Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-21 22:41
Viewed: 2733
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo of a male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) at Red Deer Lake, in Calgary, Alberta. That is a large marshy area west of Spruce Meadows off Hwy. 22X. Thousands of birds nest in this location. Among them are Red-winged Blackbirds. These birds live year-round in most of the continental U.S., but they breed in a few of the most northerly states and Canada. The female lays three to five pale blue eggs marked with dark brown and purple. They are laid in a cup of marsh grass or reeds and attached to emergent vegetation or built in a marsh shrub. Incubation takes 11-12 days, and is carried out by the female. I obtained the preceding information from the iBird Explorer Canada iPod/iPhoto app.

The blurred BG is a hill that is quite far away. I used an open aperture in order to enable a fast shutter speed, in case the bird suddenly flew away; thus, I had a shallow DOF. I didn't crop too closely to the bird, because I thought that the inclusion of the tree branches improved the image.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-04-22 5:08]

Beautiful composition and lovely branches with buds. The bird is very well shown with lovely red color on its shoulder. tfs.

Hello John,
You broke some rules to compose this picture!... but has made a fantastic and attractive image!... the bird is beautiful and the branches generate additional interest in the picture, good job, excellent at technical level also. Greetings, Jesús

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