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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: 2006-04-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/2.9, 1/360 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-13 7:12
Viewed: 3364
Points: 24
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Red winged blackbird
Everyone who notices birds at all knows the red-winged blackbird, or redwing as it is now called; at least they recognize it as a black bird with red on its wings. It is very conspicuous and self-revealing whenever one approaches its haunts. It could hardly be overlooked by even the most casual observer, as the male flies up to announce his presence and display his colors.

The numerous subspecies of the redwing are widely spread all over the continent of North America, except in the arid desert, the higher mountain ranges, the forested and the Arctic regions, wherever they can find suitable marshes in which to breed. The presence of water, or at least its proximity, is essential; and the birds must have certain types of dense vegetation in which to conceal their nests. Marshes or sloughs supporting extensive growths of cattails, bulrushes, sedges, reeds, or tules are their favorite breeding haunts; but where similar types of vegetation, or water-loving bushes or small trees, grow in ponds, around the shores of lakes or along the banks of sluggish streams, the redwings find congenial homes. Wherever such conditions exist throughout this continent, from Central America nearly to the Arctic Circle and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, some form of this species is likely to be found.

Spring.--The redwings are among our earliest spring migrants; the eastern redwing leaves its winter haunts in the southern states before the end of February, reaches New England in March (rarely earlier), and arrives in eastern Canada in April or earlier. In Massachusetts, we look for the first of these harbingers of spring about the second week in March. I wrote in my notes for March 22, 1900: "The first interesting sight that met our eyes, as we walked down the country road, was a detached flock of some ten robins in an old stubble field, the first I had seen that year; it was a welcome sight and their bright red breasts seemed to reflect the warmth of coming spring. A flock of about fifteen redwings, adult males, also arose from the same field and circled about, wheeling with better precision than the best of trained soldiers, their jet black uniforms and scarlet epaulets flashing in the sunlight as they turned. All their movements seemed to be governed by the same impulse, instantly obeyed, as they swooped down upon a small apple tree and alighted with every head pointing toward the wind. Our approach started them off again toward some swampy woods, where they scattered and alighted among the tops of the taller trees."

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-13 7:21]

Hello Jean Paul,
very nice shot of this red wing., looks like he is posing for you, looking right into the lens. Wonderful details and excellent sharpness. POV, colors and composition are very nice.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-13 7:26]

Salut JP,
Lovely shot, great framing/composition with his head turned back into the frame. He's obviously aware of you but doesn't seem startled. Good POV to show the wing markings. Interesting note too, great shot my friend.

Bonjour Jean-Paul ! J'aime beaucoup cette photo. La pose et le regard de l'oiseau sont foridables.Les détails, les couleurs et le POV sont très réussis. La composition est également très belle, car elle nous montre l'environnement naturel de l'oiseau. Bien joué !

Hello jean and Paul, excllent colors, Bg, POV, DOF, great sharpness, great shot, TFS Kyle

Great pose and well framed. I wonder if bumping up the saturation on the yellow/red wing might better convey the real life experience of these birds? In any event, I love this photo.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-13 8:58]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Funny capture.He is looking into your camera.I liked POV,details
on black feathers,catchlight in eyes and composition a lot.

Lovely posture you have captured this bird in, Jeanpaul.
Very good POV, sharpness and colors.

This is a super Picture JeanPaul.
Great composition, colors and beautiful details.
Excellent POV and BG, great framing too.

Hi JP, nice pose and bird.
Good note and BG.

No time for a decent critique mf,
BUT well deserved :)

Hi Jeanpaul,
Super sharpness, and the colours are so natural and well captured!
Lovely pose, in a very pleasing composition!
Pablo -

Hello Jeanpaul,
Lovely shot! The bird looks as if it was posing you! I like that a lot!
Picture has very nice POV and details too.

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