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Red winged blackbird

Red winged blackbird
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-20 8:40
Viewed: 3492
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Red winged blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus
It is recognizable with its red tasks present on the top of the wings.


Its habitats are preferably the open marshes, or places with stretches of water. However, this species being largest in term of a number of individuals, it could inevitably colonize a good diversity of mediums in North America, that is to say the agricultural fields and the accesses of the roads. The carouge tends however to want to be established far from the agglomerations the human ones.


The carouge can nourish vegetable matter, but also of insects. It will vary its food according to the availability of the resource.


The male is very aggressive when it is a question of defending its territory (from 300 to 1000 m2), which can count some females y having built their nest. It is a territorial bird, therefore the females will wait until the males delimited well and defended their territory bus of other males can covet their places. Only the adult males can preserve the same territory year after year; the immature males have thus to find places less interesting, and will need to adapt according to the availability of the territories.


The carouges seem to have a considerable impact on agriculture. They can indeed involve losses of approximately 360 000 tons of corn per year in North America (in 1990).

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-05-20 11:16]

Excellente exposition afin de pouvoir voir les subtilités du plumage de ce Carouge, JeanPaul. Très bien réussie comme composition et bon piqué. Merci.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-20 11:21]
  • [2]

Salut JEan Paul,
beautiful how you captured this bird in it's preffered enviroment. Lovely details and good sharpness. POV, Light and framing is very nice.

  • Good 
  • Daniboy (150)
  • [2006-05-20 11:43]
  • [2]

Belle compo, par contre si la tête de l'oiseau était un peu plus tournée vers sa droite je crois que la photo aurait été encore meilleure mais ce n'est qu'une opinion.

Bonne photo !

This time you have shot this bird in profile, Jeanpaul.
Very impressive capture in which the dab of colors on its wings stands out very well. The angle of light highlights contrasts and puts the bright BG into a secondary, non-obtrusive perspective.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-20 13:47]
  • [2]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Very nice capture.Details on black feathers are wonderful.I liked framing,lighting and composition a lot.

Hello Jeanpaul,
Interesting species, you got it beutifully! I've not seen this species in the Turkey, even I don't know if this species live in my country! I know blackbirds very well, they are so common, but this one is different! btw interesting note too, such a naughty it is for agriculture! Thanks for sharing...

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  • Blanca (20)
  • [2006-05-21 12:31]
  • [2]

Bonjour Jean Paul, merci de ton accueil et de ton commentaire. Je dois te dire que tu as une belle collection d'oiseaux, en plus des magnifiques paysages et photos d'autres animaux. On ne dirait pas que tu viens de commencer dans la photographie. En ce qui concerne celle-ci, elle me parait réellement très bonne, quoique, si tu me permets, je pense que la lumière était vraiment très dure ce qui fait que le détail du plumage en sombre se perd. Et aussi il me semble que le fond distrait un peu le regard. Mais ce n'est que ma modeste opinion. Bien cordialement.

It's beautiful pose! Great colours, composition, details and idea!
Great bird!
Thanks Ana:)

  • Great 
  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-05-22 20:18]

Salut Jean Paul,
Excellent Red-winged blackbird composition.
Great pov,colors,dof,sharpness,note,focus,frame and lighting.Bravo:)

  • Great 
  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-05-23 5:36]
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Great view of this bird, thanks for the interesting note, the contrast of black bird and light BG is very big plus for the composition, really good capture and sharpnes I love the angle of the view not to direct but you can see the bird clearly! Well done!

I love BIRDS.
This is a unique photo to me.
Love the colours, the contrasts, the balance of the colours & the framing.
Au revoir,

  • Great 
  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-05-11 19:00]

Hello Jeanpaul!
I like your blackbirdy and I think we should not get angry at it for eating up 360 000 tons of corn (I remember a Mao's order to kill all sparrows for eating too much rice;-)).
Your presentation is perfect in sharpness and dof.

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