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Great-tailed Grackle

Great-tailed 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: 2011-02-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-03 15:05
Viewed: 4826
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Great-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus mexicanus
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Icteridae

North American RangeAbundant and highly visible year round in a variety of open, rural and urban landscapes in Mexico, Central America, and coastal northern South America, the Great-tailed Grackle has been extending its range northward and westward for the last hundred years and is now resident in the United States from Texas to Iowa and California. It is annual, and has nested, in Oregon, and is a rare resident breeder in southern Idaho. Washington has four accepted records (earliest 1987) and there are at least two records from British Columbia (earliest 1979).

The adult male is glossy black with a yellow eye and a bluish-purple sheen on the head and back. The adult female, considerably smaller, is brown with buffy underparts and a pale eye. Both sexes have a keel-shaped tail, which is especially long in the male. The male somewhat resembles a Common Grackle but is much larger and longer-billed, with a purplish rather than a bronzy sheen on the back. The tail is also proportionally longer—as long as the body, or even longer. The female looks a bit like the female Brewer’s Blackbird but is much larger, longer-billed and longer-tailed, with a pale rather than a dark eye.

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Bonjour Jean-Paul

Jolie photo de cet quiscale avec ses couleurs métalliques,
une belle lumière, j'aime le POV en contre-plongé pour montrer
combien haut il est perché mais dommage pour le cadrage
qu'il y a moins d'espace devant l'oiseau et beaucoup plus
d'espace derrière l'oiseau, TFS


Very nice how you were able to get the ill tonal range of the bird! And you down in Mexico? Are you planning a SE nod cabin retreat and become a snowbird?

Hi Jeanpaul,
thanks for showing this beautiful bird I did not know. Good fokus through the branches of the tree.

Hi Sir,

Nice bird & you've captured it very well despite the disturbing branches. I like the framework too.
Well done & TFS.


Hello Jean-Paul,

Indeed I can understand the name of the bird, impressive tail!
Lovely colour too, turning to deep blue in the fine light...
A well framed subject, good eye contact!

Pablo -

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-04 9:05]

Salut Jeanpaul.Un excellent travail dans une lumiere tres tres difficile,excellente nettete' et couleurs fortes comme j'aime! Mes compliments et belle semaine,Luciano

Hi Jean Paul,
very nice point of view. Amazing colours - I like this background (blue sky). Very good light conditions.
And of course great main subject of your photo.
Sorry, I'm out of point today :(
Have a nice week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-04 13:05]

Hello Jean Paul.
Great capture of this Great-tailed Grackle, excellent composition and point of view, superb colors and contrast, the black really shines against the blue sky.Best regards Siggi

bonjour Jean-paul
quelle plaisir de revoir une photo de vous sur TN, excellente capture de ce Quiscale dans son environnement naturelle, l'oiseau est clair et net avec des details très precis,
j'aime son plumage noir qui brille au soleil et son oeil jaune, le ciel bleu a travers les branches est superbe
passe une bonne nuit

Hallo Jeanpaul,
une belle photo, splendide luminositè avec couleurs éclatantes, bon le point de vue et parfait cadrage
Merci et félicitations
Bonne soirée

hello Jeanpaul
Very good POV, good sharpness and contrast, beautiful natural colors.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hello Vanni

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-04 23:02]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
A very fine capture of the Great-tailed Grackle, s species rarely seen on TN.
Excellent POV against the blue sky and taken with fine sharpness and natural colours.
Merci pour le partage,

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Très bonne valorisation du sujet dans son environnement sous un excellent angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-04-05 14:22]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Very nice composition from fine POV and nice colors.TFS.

Hola Jean Paul,
creo que tuviste que forzar un poco " la maquinaria" para conseguir
destacar las texturas y colores tan complicados de esa exótica y para
mí rara ave, pero por eso mismo conseguiste un resultado espectacular
y atractivo visualmente que no deja indiferente al espectador: me gusta.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Salut Jean Paul !
Belle photo avec des couleurs superbes and une très jolie composition.Grande netteté et balance de lumière. Bravo, cher ami!
Bonne w-end!

Hello Jeanpaul,
YES! In its natural environment! VERY well done! Just beautiful and a real pleasure to view. Well done.

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