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Female Red-winged Blackbird

Female 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: 2010-05-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-17 20:27
Viewed: 3091
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I visited Red Deer Lake, in Calgary, yesterday. For the first time this year, I saw female Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus ) and female Yellow-headed Blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) at that location. The males of both species have been there for several weeks, establishing and defending their selected domains in the marsh.

The photo that I have posted today shows a female Red-winged Blackbird perched on a reed, possibly near her newly built nest -- although, she could have been trying to decoy me. This female is probably not the only mate lured into the domain by the male she selected. Males have been known to defend up to 10 females. A female, however, isn't necessarily true to her lover. In fact, a female will often lay clutches of eggs of mixed paternity. Two or three clutches of eggs are laid in a season by each female, using a new nest for each clutch -- this practice helps keep the nest from becoming infected with parasites that could kill the baby birds. (From the iBird Explorer Pro application for the iPod/iPhone.)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-17 21:26]

Hello John,
These birds lend themselves to portrait composition don't they. A splendid image with great colours, I like the blurred background a lot, and sharp focus. Thanks John.

Perfect light and composition. Did you use flash?


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-17 22:50]

Hello John,
A great close capture of a female Red-winged Blackbird. Technically this is fine and I like the pose , POV and composition.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-05-17 23:07]

Hello John,

You shows us these female Red-winged Blackbirds on a wonderful manner.
Perfect the beak and eye, wonderful pose, nice plumage too.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-18 8:50]

Hi John,what a proud position this blackbird,it seem posing for you..eheeheh..beautiful composition,great colors and good sharpness (not the best),perfect contrast whit the background.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-19 18:30]
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Hi John,
I always like birds, they are beautiful and special. But photographing birds is so difficult for me. Besides having to be fast, patience is the other important trait.
I really appreciate this view, the composition is excellent. The simple bird on a vertical branch is so pleasant. The colours too are harmonious.
Details are so perfectly shown.
How I wish I could do the same.


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