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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: 2008-05-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
Exposure: f/7.1
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos on TrekNature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-28 7:14
Viewed: 3037
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
With it being so cold in my part of the world (USA, Illinois) I thought I would bring out one of more active and noisy spring birds. The male Red-wing's arrive in early March to stake out their territory. This guy was letting others know that this was his place and that if any females wanted to stop by for a drink to tonight he would be up for that. Well, maybe that is what he is saying.

From Wikipedia:

The Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a passerine bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North and much of Central America. It breeds from Alaska and Newfoundland south to Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico and Guatemala, with isolated populations in western El Salvador, northwestern Honduras and northwestern Costa Rica. It may winter as far north as Pennsylvania and British Columbia, but northern populations are generally migratory, moving south to Mexico and the southern United States. The Red-winged Blackbird is sexually dimorphic; the male is all black with a red shoulder and yellow wing bar, while the female is a nondescript dark brown. Seeds and insects make up the bulk of the Red-winged Blackbird's diet.

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hello Bob

excellent photo of the Red-winged Blackbird
the sound of the spring, shot with fine POV
and framing, excellent sharpness and details,
a beautiful catch-ligh at the eye,
it is a bird that i love on this pose, TFS


  • Great 
  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-28 13:48]

Good pose and very good timing and effective composition.

Hi Bob,
Excellent capture of this Red-winged Blackbird; great POV and composition, sharp details, excellent bright colours and lighting.

Great, plain background, striking clarity, nice black border!

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