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Brewer's Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-02 3:25
Viewed: 3074
Points: 36
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Brewer's Blackbird
Euphagus cyanocephalus

Quiscale des Brewer (French)

A shiny blue-green blackbird, the Brewer's Blackbird is common in agricultural and suburban habitats of the West. It has taken advantage of human modifications of the environment to expand its range eastward.

Medium-sized songbird.
Medium-long tail.
Bill thin and pointed.
Male iridescent black with purple and green highlights,
female dull gray-brown.
Size: 20-25 cm (8-10 in)
Wingspan: 37 cm (15 in)
Weight: 47-67 g (1.66-2.37 ounces)

Song a harsh whirring gurgling "schl-r-r-up." Call a sharp "tschup."

Cool Facts:

The Brewer's Blackbird spread its range eastward from western Minnesota in the 20th century, taking advantage of human-produced changes in landscape. Where it overlaps with the Common Grackle, the blackbird takes over the open grassy areas, while the grackle dominates in urban and suburban areas.
The Brewer's Blackbird nests in compact colonies, numbering from a few pairs to more than one hundred. Occasionally a pair will nest solitarily away from a colony. In the colony a female (sometimes aided by a male) defends a small area directly around her nest site.
Within a colony most females choose the same kind of nest site, indicating that females follow the lead of the first nest builders. A colony may change its nest preference from year to year, building all nests in small bushes one year, and in tall trees the next.


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Hi Manyee,
You have a lovely selection of animals in your wildlife images....very nice.This one is a good one with the difficult light, dark scene and blackness of the bird handled so well.Good clarity and detail and lovely deep colours.
Regards, David

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-02 4:57]

I like to see the irridescent colours glistening on these birds. Nice and clear seeing him on the waterlily pads. TFS

A new species for me Manyee.
Very well captured, great sharpness and composition.
Good contrasting colours in an unusual situation. I would not have expected to see a blackbird on lily pads!!:)
Well done

Very nice shot with great using of light and colours.TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-02 6:40]

Hello Manyee,
Thisis a great presentation of Brewer's Blackbird: I like it better than your first one. This is sharp, with excellent lighting and color, fine pose and action and well composed.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-02 6:42]

Hello Manyee,
Superb capture of this blackbird with details and colors that are outstanding.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-02 6:43]

Superb capture, Manyee! I love the pose and the brilliant details in the bird. I love the delicate change in colour between the head and the body and you have captured that with great skill
(P.S. Thank you for identifying my chrysalis as that of a rice paper butterfly. It seems the web let me down that time)

The plumage of this blackbird is very beautiful, Manyee.
The metallic copperish sheen on the head in particular is very attractive.
And you have captured it well, utilizing the ambient light.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-02 11:19]

Hi Manyee,

I really like this blackbird. You caught the colors perfectly - the shine shows through. The bird eating on the leaf is wonderful.


Hi Manyee,
Good 'black' shot with a lot of detail.
Eye edges are excellent as well.
Good overall sharpness.
Well done

bonjour Manyee,

belle image de cette oiseau pas toujours Úvident de les prendre dans une telle position bravo


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-02 12:56]

Hi Manyee.
What a colourful and interesting by scenery shot you have shared. Really great reproduction of the bird and its plumage. This difficult task have been solved by your skillfully. Cover form leaves are simply wonderful. POV and DOF are perfect too. BRAVO and my best regards. TFS.

Very nice shot Manyee.
Excellent coloured presentation. Picture is good arrected. Well done. Tfs. Stev

A very nice scene you captured Manyee! This blackbird looks very busy! Great colors and DOF, and excellent details. TFS!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-03 16:49]

Hi Manyee,
Beautiful colours and reflections and this sharp capture. Backgound is lovely too.
TFS, JosÚ M.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-03-05 21:12]

Hi Manyee! Very nice capture! Is it not easy to take pictures of the black creatures and you did it perfectly. Excellent exposition!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-03-06 18:18]

Hi ManYee

It is the first time I see this bird so thanks for the introduction. It seems like it could be a cousin of the (glossy) starlings, looking at that beak, the bright eye, and the body shape, etc. You have done well to capture it showing the illumination on the reflective plumage.

I like the composition showing the water bound habitat. The details are sharp while the colours and exposure are excellent.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Manyee, great shot, beautiful colors!!!

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