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Yellow-headed blackbird


Yellow-headed blackbird
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-06-25 13:25
Viewed: 1491
Points: 14
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From my trip to Manitoba

The yellow-headed blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) is a medium-sized blackbird, and the only member of the genus Xanthocephalus.

The breeding habitat of the yellow-headed blackbird is cattail (Typha species) marshes in North America, mainly west of the Great Lakes. The nest is built with and attached to marsh vegetation. They nest in colonies, often sharing their habitat closely with the red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). During the breeding and nesting season the males are very territorial and spend much of their time perched on reed stalks and displaying or chasing off intruders.

These birds migrate in the winter to the southwestern United States and Mexico. They often migrate in huge flocks with other species of birds. The only regions of the United States where these blackbirds are permanent residents are the San Joaquin Valley and the Lower Colorado River Valley of Arizona and California. It is an extremely rare vagrant to western Europe, with some records suspected to refer to escapes from captivity.

These birds forage in the marsh, in fields or on the ground; they sometimes catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds and insects. Outside of the nesting period, they often feed in flocks, often with related species.

This bird's song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-06-25 16:56]

Hello Mario
very pretty bird. I guess it must be quite small. The sharpness is great. The beautiful feathers and details of the reed is exciting too.
Well presented shot.

Regards
Foozi

WONDERFUL IMAGE........

Hello Mario-Nice composition and elegant pose of this Yellow-throated Black Bird.Well managed BG too.Very good details and exposure.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice time-Srikumar

Hi Mario,

This is a super image!!! The sharpness, the color..just perfect..

TFS,
Satirtha

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-06-26 12:15]

Hi Mario,
Excellent shot of a beautiful bird with nice composition.
Amazing colors and perfect sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Bonsoir Mario,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une belle lumière et sous un bon angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

Excellent...

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