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Female of the Brown-headed Cowbird

Female of the Brown-headed Cowbird
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-19 15:52
Viewed: 1461
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, it is only the 2nd time
of my photographer life that I am
photographing this species of bird,
the last time was in 2007 or 2008
but it was not an enough good photo.
So this is my first photo of the
Brown-headed Cowbird on TN.

This female let me do the approach,
after having done few shots that I choose
this one to post, I prepare myself to the
in-flight shot, if she would fly left or
right side it would be perfect, she took
her flight but went directly to ground level,
I followed clicked but missed the flight photo,
she was already out of the frame faster than me.

1/1250s f/5.6 photo shot
in Manual mode), ISO1000
50mm (35mm eq:75mm) and
up to 50% of cropping.

- Brown-headed Cowbird
- Vacher à Tête Brune
- Molothrus ater

from the All About Birds website

« The Brown-headed Cowbird is a stocky
blackbird with a fascinating approach to
raising its young. Females forgo building
nests and instead put all their energy into
producing eggs, sometimes more than three
dozen a summer. These they lay in the nests
of other birds, abandoning their young to
foster parents, usually at the expense of
at least some of the host’s own chicks.

Once confined to the open grasslands of
middle North America, cowbirds have surged
in numbers and range as humans built towns
and cleared woods.

The Brown-headed Cowbird is North America’s
most common “brood parasite.” A female cowbird
makes no nest of her own, but instead lays
her eggs in the nests of other bird species,
who then raise the young cowbirds.

Brown-headed Cowbird lay eggs in the
nests of more than 220 species of birds.
Recent genetic analyses have shown that
most individual females specialize on one
particular host species.

Some birds, such as the Yellow Warbler,
can recognize cowbird eggs but are too
small to get the eggs out of their nests.
Instead, they build a new nest over the
top of the old one and hope cowbirds
don’t come back. Some larger species
puncture or grab cowbird eggs and throw
them out of the nest. But the majority of
hosts don’t recognize cowbird eggs at all. »



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To rubyfantacy: I wanted the flight photo but missed !CeltickRanger 1 05-19 18:42
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hello Asbed,
so we are neighbours today :)
a bird sitting calmly is not your characteristic shot.. i know you love photographing birds while in flight. so it seemed to be different :) good natural surroundings. good light. lovely bird.

Beautiful photo of the bird in its habitat Asbed! Good composition, wonderful colors and very good sharpness.

Ciao Asbed, nice little bird in a beautiful ambientation, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Asbed,
Beautiful bird.You were lucky to capture such speedy bird.Nice sharp picture and natural colour.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Excellent capture.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-20 6:59]

Hello Asbed,
Beautiful photo of this cowbird in excellent sharpness and natural colours. Personally I should have prefered a vertical presentation. Nice blurry background.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-20 7:26]

Excellent composition for this cute bird with the tree branches...fine environment shown. tfs.

Hello Asbed, It is fantastic to able to get close to a bird. I like the way you present this photo. Very well done. JC

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-20 15:42]

Hi Asbed,a great satisfaction to meet again this specie after longtime,a very nice capture in a beautiful and rich composition whit a perfect DOF on the bird for the best details.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour Asbed,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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