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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: 2008-10-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-18 22:52
Viewed: 2945
Points: 30
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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,

Excellent shot of this Brewer's Blackbird, love the contrast in colours between the green foliage in the foreground, though to the natural OOF background. The detail in the plumage is excellent, perfect exposure and POV, really nice work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-19 0:27]

Hi Manyee.
You have pictured blackbird at very nice surroundings. Crisp sharp vegetation creates a great impressive FG as well as nicely smooth colourful BG supplements the main subject perfectly. Exposure and reproduction of the black feathers and other attractive features of the bird are spot on. My compliments.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-19 2:03]

Hello Manyee,
Superb capture of Brewer's Blackbird taken from a great POV with fine sharpness and lighting in an excellent composition with the succulent leaves and well set aagainst the OOF natural BG.
A fine bird image and thanks for sharing it,

Hello Manyee,
a well composed picture with right space in-front of the bird.
The exposure are good, not easy with a black bird, details are well seen, the sharpness are also good.
I like the POV too,
Well done, mf

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-19 3:08]

Hi Manyee,i like a lot this pic,beautiful moment to take that,the light is very very perfect and the background,great details and colors,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-19 3:17]

Hello Manyee,
Beautiful photo of this Brewer's Blackbird. Splendid light and contrasting colours. Excellent sharp details. Great composition and POV.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-19 7:59]

Hello Manyee, Good shot focusing the eyes. Ganesh

nice colour combination, TFS Ori

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-20 6:12]

Hi Manyee
Excellent presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Detail from the black plumage is excellent.
TFS Michel

Ah...memories of home. I miss the ice plant even though it is considered an invasive species and harmful to the coast! Nice image of this blackbird with lots of detail in the feathers.

Evelynn ; )

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-20 18:13]

Hello Manyee,
Superb details in the black plumage Manyee, and such a lovely composition with great background. Thank you for your great work.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-21 9:29]

Hello Manyee! A fantastic bird shot for sure, a great subject and a perfect exposure dark bird! Well done!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-21 12:30]

Hi Manyee

I love the dark glossy feathers and the lovely setting. Great POV and the DOF is good. Lovely and sharp as well



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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-01 14:22]

merhaba Manyee
good capture and beautiful species
i like composition, POV, colours and details

Hello Manyee,

I'm glad to see you're still here :-)
This picture is really lovely. I very much like the BG and the composition. Spot on! Great colours and lighting too.



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