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King of the cat-tails

King of the cat-tails
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-02 7:23
Viewed: 3257
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring.

Male Red-winged Blackbirds do everything they can to get noticed, sitting on high perches and belting out their conk-la-ree! song all day long. Females stay lower, skulking through vegetation for food and quietly weaving together their remarkable nests. In winter Red-winged Blackbirds gather in huge flocks to eat grains with other blackbird species and starlings.

Look for Red-winged Blackbirds in fresh and saltwater marshes, along watercourses, water hazards on golf courses, and wet roadsides, as well as drier meadows and old fields. In winter, you can find them at crop fields, feedlots, and pastures

cobra112, Dis. Ac., buscape, paolo49, marius-secan, pegos, siggi, jaycee, Pitoncle, PeakXV, maurydv, Luis52 has marked this note useful
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Hi Denis, Well where have you been hiding this little beauty my friend hmmm?...:), awesome and perfect exposure/white balance here with details in all the colours throughout...Wow, sharpness is 10/10 for me, and not least the fabulous clarity, nice catch light in the eye, great composition, Terrific entry today Denis and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-02 7:57]

Beautiful image of this lovely blackbird, the call of this one can be heard. tfs.

Ciao Denis. beautiful colours, excellente DOF and managment of light. Great taken for the bird in action!


Hi Derek,
an very nice presentation from this beautiful Red winged bird.
Good f sharpness and pov.
Fine colors.


Hello Denis,
fine capture of this beautiful bird with good sharpness and vivid colours. I especially like its pose with the open mouth.
Best wishes,

Hello Denis!
What a wonderful bird! Great colors and nice moment to shot! I can even imagine its song...Bravo! Great job, indeed! TFS
Regards from,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-02 8:52]

Hello Denis,
One of the best photos of this species I've ever seen. Fantastic photo in amazing sharpness, details and colours. I like the singing pose very much. Pleasing eye contact. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Have a good weekend,

Hello Denis
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness, fantastic moment.

Another great photo Denis! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent. Interesting and beautiful bird.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-09-02 9:18]

Hi Denis,
Splendid sharpness, great lighting with very nice colours.
Great compo with good background.
Very nice image.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Denis,
A beautiful capture with razor sharp details and nice colours. Excellent contrast and superb blue sky. Well done!

Hi Denis,
Very dinamic shot, a bird really full of eloquence!... Well selected exposure leve, for a great black color and impressive blue-gray background. Well done!

great moment great scene great photo performance!
regards Nasos

Hello Denis,
Amazing focus, sharpness and details. It is a lovely image with superb vivid colors and exceptional clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

Excellent point of view and pose. Good lighting and excellent details. regards yiannis

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-03 2:04]

Hello Denis,
AMAZING image with great light and definition, splendid natural colours. Wonderful time taken and background.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-03 6:48]

Hello Denis.
Very good shot of the Red winged Blackbird.Superb detail and colour with a good blured background. Best regards Siggi

Hola Denis.
Preciosa imagen ,bellos colores y un excelente POV,magnificos detalles.
Buen fin de semana.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-03 18:17]

Hello Denis,
such a lively view of this stunning bird. The color contrast is so lively and exciting pose.
I like the contrast. The simplicity is really wonderful here.
I like the small red patch on the black feathers.
Nice job well executed.


Hello Debis,
Excellently well captured with the beautiful activity in fabulous colours and great quality. Best wishes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-09-04 8:47]

Hi Denis,

Perfect timing to capture this wonderful Red Winged Blackbird in this fantastic singing pose. I love the action of the feathers, the opened beak, the shining eye and the gorgeous black and colors. Details are super sharp, background and composition are superb. I saw one of these in my backyard years ago - never before and never again. I keep looking!


Bonjour Denis,
Excellente valorisation du sujet sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la délicatesse des couleurs et la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-05 12:52]

Hi Denis,

Such an appropriate title! This is another bird that used to visit the fields behind our house regularly .... but not so much in recent years.
The morning light is ideal here & truly portrays the reds & black that are so eye catching of this species.

Perfect pose, profile & timing with the bird in mid-song. Great stuff!!



Hallo Denis,
a fantastic capture of the Red-winged Blackbird taken from an excellent point of view with outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, a superb visual impact with a spoectacular singing posture of this splendid bird
Best regards

Gracias por tus amables comentarios Dennis. me alegra que te gustara mi trabajo.

Tu nos presentas un interesante trabajo, ya que aquí no tenemos esa especie tan curiosa.
Supongo que disparaste desde bastante distancia ya que llevaste hasta el fondo ese 100-400
con el que sueño a menudo :o)
Bellos colores y sobre todo contrstes. Bien captado ese ojo entre los colores negros !

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-07 15:57]

Hello Denis,
I must say when I first saw this image I was reminded of a bird that I shot this spring while up at Magee Marsh. This is the link http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=258836
I love the pose and clean BG as it makes the subject stand out nicely in fine detail. Gorgeous natural coloration and just the right exposure. Well done!!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-09-17 6:43]

Hola Denis.
Great work here. The pose and the colors are just beautiful. I like the red colors on his wings.
TFS My friend

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