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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-06 8:06
Viewed: 3931
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Grackles are large, iridescent blackbirds (11 to 13.5 inches in length), with pale yellow eyes, a long, sharp black bill, and long tails. can be distinguished from other similarly sized all-black blackbirds with yellow eyes, by their larger size and proportionally longer tails and bills. Common Grackles fly in a straighter, less undulating manner than other blackbirds. The central feathers of the long, rounded tail are often depressed, so that the tail is displayed in flight with a deeply keeled V-shape.
Common Grackles live throughout the United States east of the Rocky Mountains; north of the Hudson Bay and as far northwest as British Columbia. They usually nest in dense colonies with as many as 10 to 30 pairs and occasionally a colony will have more than 100 pairs. Common Grackles favor conifers close to open areas and water as nest locations, although a wide variety of sites-from open nests built in clumps of marsh grass in Red-winged Blackbird colonies to old woodpecker holes and the interior of barns-have been observed.
Their diet consists of a wide variety of animal and vegetable food, including insects and invertebrates but also occasional eggs and nestlings. In rare instances, Common Grackles will attack and eat small birds and lizards, and in coastal areas they forage at the tide line for small invertebrates, even wading into the water to capture live fish. During the winter and migration months, their diet shifts to plant food. Because of their predilection for agricultural grain and seeds, especially corn, Common Grackles have earned a reputation as a significant pest in certain areas of North America.


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great photo of this bird, we have alot of them here where I live as well. Nice pov and lovely color.. thanks for the info as well! TFS
Donna :o)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-06 8:21]

Hi Jorge,
This is a fine presentation of the Common Grackle. The sharpness and colour contrast nearly make the standard blurred BG unnecessary and the POV and composition with the branches are excellent.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hello Jorge,

Excllent work, great details very crisp, Nicly composed and capture photo perfect colors Bg POV DOF, great work,

TFS Kyle

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-12-06 10:20]

Belle posture pour ce bel oiseau.
Bonne journée.

Great capture! well done on the pose and composition...excellent work

Preciosa foto Jorge. Bellos colores en este estupendo encuadre. Un saludo, JL

Hi Jorge,
A very nice shot on this Common Grackle. You managed some tricky light very well. The colors and detail look great. Nice composition and framing in the tree branches. Well done.

Looks like excellent work on the exposure. You managed good detail in the dark bird. It is a nice composition.

Evelynn : )

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-09 11:48]

Hi Jorge,
nice close up. Details are wonderful and good sharpness. POV,crop and colors are very nice.

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