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Great-tailed Grackle (Female)

Great-tailed Grackle (Female)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-06 19:25
Viewed: 3570
Points: 14
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I just got back from two weeks of vacation and thought I would post one of the photos that I took while in (very, very, very hot) Arizona.

This is a female Great-tailed Grackle which seemed to be quite abundant in the Phoenix area. This particular grackle is extremely vocal, using a variety of whistles, clucks and hissing noises.

The one thing I noticed about this bird in comparison to our Common Grackle of Ohio is it's distinctively larger size. The male is usually around 17 inches long, which is quite a bit longer then the Common Grackle which averages around 12 inches.

This shot was taken hand held using a 70-200MM F/2.8 lens. I had to use a flash in order to bring out the detail in the plumage. It was so bright and sunny out that without the flash the bird just had a very dark appearance.

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Hi Ron

I posted a female of this species a few posts ago and it didn't do so good so I'll be interested to see how yours goes (lol). It's difficult to make a plain looking bird attractive, but I think you've done a good job here with good sharpness and POV.


Hi Ron,

An excellent image, nice job of bringing out the detail with the flash without making it look like a flash shot too. Nice detail and color. A very interesting bird, quite different than our northern Grackle. I saw this one when I was in Arizona in 2003, a striking beast indeed.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-07-07 10:55]

Hola Ron.
You did an excellent work here. It is very dificult to take photos of a black birds. The use of flash was a great idea.
Very sharp and grest light.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-07 16:27]

Hi Ron,

Glad to see you survived toasty Phoenix. This week will be worse so be glad you are back home. A great shot of this Lady Grackle with the wonderful eye. Our Grackles seem to hang out at Costco and their noise is deafening. The tricky lighting and the rocky setting is familiar :-) I hope you came across a Roadrunner!


The western Grackle only shares size and eyes.....and perhaps just a bit of profile but I think yours is very much longer. No wonder Jane Magen keeps asking and telling about her Arizona! The atmosphere shows!


nice portrait, TFS Ori

hello Ron

excellent and very beautiful photo of the female Great-tailed Grackle,
fine POV, DOF and framing, superb focus sharpness and
details of its plumage, beautiful eye-contact, TFS


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