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*Take that lens out of my Face!*

*Take that lens out of my Face!*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, SanDisk Ext. III 4GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-23 10:40
Viewed: 3872
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There was a Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) -
family flying around, and dad did not really like
to have his picture taken. *g*


The Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) is a large
blackbird. It is a permanent resident breeding bird on
the coasts of the southeastern USA.

It is found in coastal saltwater marshes, and, in
Florida, also on inland waters. The nest is a
well-concealed cup in trees or shrubs near water;
three to five eggs are laid.

The male Boat-tailed Grackle is 42 cm long. Adult
males have entirely iridescent black plumage, a long
dark bill, a pale yellowish or brown iris and a long
keel-shaped tail. The 37 cm long adult female is
shorter tailed and tawny-brown in colour apart from
the darker wings and tail.

Young males are black but lack the adult's
iridescence. Immature females are duller versions of
the adult female and have blotches or spots on the

Despite its restricted range, there are four
subspecies of the Boat-tailed Grackle, differing in
size and iris colour. The Boat-tailed Grackle was once
considered the same species as the Great-tailed
Grackle. The Great-tailed species is of slightly
smaller body size, but has a longer tail and lacks
this species' distinct domed head shape.

These birds forage on the ground, in shallow water, or
in shrubs; they will steal food from other birds. They
are omnivorous, eating insects, minnows, frogs, eggs,
berries, seeds, and grain, even small birds.

Boat-tailed Grackles have established significant
populations in several United States Gulf Coast cities
and towns where they can be found foraging in trash
bins, dumpsters, and parking lots.

This bird's song is a harsh jeeb, and it has a variety
of typically grackle-like chatters and squeaks.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boat-tailed_Grackle]


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Hola Thorsten Buchen

Gracias por el comentario.

He visto tu colección y tienes una imagenes muy buenas, y esta en especial esta muy bien tratada, claridad y nitidez.

Un saludo J. Antonio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-23 12:04]

Hi Thorsten. This looks a large bird. You can see where it gets its name from. i like the eyes looking straight at you. Tajken with good detail and natural colours. All with interesting notes well done TFS.

ciao Thorsten!
good capture of this large
blackbird...i like compo and pose

best sERGIO

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-07-23 13:31]

Hello Thorsten.
This bird looks angry.
Accurate sharpness, nice colour and background.
Well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-23 14:09]

Hola Thorsten.
He really looks very ungry to have this photo taken, but it looks very nice anyway.
Excellent sharpnez and colors.

Hello Thorsten,

A great capture with nice pose & fine details. TFS.



Hello Thorsten
The Grackle is a very interesting looking blackbird. I like the way you captured his iridescent blue highlights. He looks a little unhappy, but that's okay because he's a Grackle. Nicely framed and composed.
TFS Janice

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-24 1:04]

Hello Thorsten
This is a new species for me, and you capture it with fine details and natural colors

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-24 9:10]

Hello Thor,
You really captured the characteristic tail of this Boat-tailed Grackle and the the whole bird has beem taken from a fine POV with great sharpness and colours against a fine BG, though the fence that it is perched on is not ideal.
Thanks and best regards,

Hi Thorsten:

A beautiful image of this bird appears to be posing for you. A refined definition Congratulations.

Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-24 16:38]

Hi Thor,

What did you do to get this Grackle to stare at you? The pose is magnificent showing off the wonderful face, eye, beautiful feathers and fantastic tail. The blues and blacks are perfect. I imagine you heard him before you saw him.


Hi Thorsten,

Lovely photo with nice sharpness and contrast. Very apt title with the expression on the bird's face :). Never seen this bird before.


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