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Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird
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Copyright: Bob Williams (bikefifty) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-20 6:40
Viewed: 3659
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 6
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This shot was taken in mid March as the Red-winged Blackbirds were establishing their territories for the up coming mating season. This guy did like that I was in his territory and he was displaying all the red he could. This shows why the are called Red-winged.

From Wikipedia:


The Red-Winged Blackbird can be very aggressive while defending its territory. It will attack much larger birds, such as crows, ravens, magpies, hawks, and osprey if they enter. They have even been known to attack humans who encroach upon their territories.

The call of the Red-winged Blackbird is a throaty check and a high slurred whistle, terrr-eeee. The male's song is a scratchy oak-a-lee, accompanied with a display of his red shoulder patches.[11]

When the breeding season is over, Red-winged Blackbirds gather in huge flocks, sometimes numbering in the millions.

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Nice red on the wings, here. The bird, seems to me, just slightly out of focus - however, they do like to be on the move. I like that he's chirping - perhaps starting his mating song - though it is early yet. Composition is good and like the background slightly oof. Here the background is lighter than the bird, making him a tad harder to see, still, good closeup on the fellow. I'm adding additional point for wonderful notes!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-20 19:09]

Nice capture Bob,
Love the pose!! Great colors with pleasing OOF BG. Very informative notes!

I love these birds; accept when I have to work in a river near where the males are competing for the females. They like to sit really close to you and just shriek. But this is a great shot. I'll bet when you left he sat down and was pretty proud of himself.

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