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Colorful Grackle

Colorful Grackle
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, CF Extrime III 4 GB
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 5:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured spring 2007 in Central Park, NY. I was really surprised how colorful this bird was with help of sunlight...

The Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, is a large icterid.

The 32 cm long adult has a long dark bill, a pale yellowish eye and a long tail; its plumage is an iridescent black. The adult female is slightly smaller and less glossy.

The breeding habitat is open and semi-open areas across North America east of the Rocky Mountains. The nest is a well-concealed cup in dense trees (particularly pine) or shrubs, usually near water; sometimes, the Common Grackle will nest in cavities or in man-made structures. It often nests in colonies, some being quite large.

This bird is a permanent resident in much of its range. Northern birds migrate in flocks to the southeastern United States.

The Common Grackle forages on the ground, in shallow water or in shrubs; it will steal food from other birds. It is omnivorous, eating insects, minnows, frogs, eggs, berries, seeds and grain, even small birds.

This bird's song is particularly harsh, especially when these birds, in a flock, are calling.

The range of this bird expanded west as forests were cleared. In some areas, it is now considered a pest by farmers because of their large numbers and fondness for grain.

source: wiki

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-22 5:36]

Hi Ralf,

The light was in your favour this day,the metallic colors of this grackle are clearly visible,nice job



Hi Ralf,
I've never seen a Grackle look so good..
AMAZING metallic colors here, the sun god was shining on you this day :}
Very well done,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-22 5:40]

Hola Ralf,
precioso trabajo,
detalles hermosos,
excelente captura y perfectos tonos y colores,

Hallo Ralf
Please to meet you .Excellent photography showing this birds multi coloured plumage in all its glory. A big splendor and poser indeed. Just look at the long tail and the graceful kind of walk. I just love the big white eye and the way the birds head is tilted slightly. An image well presented and worth a big smiley. A delight to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-22 5:53]

Hi Ralf,
The vibrant colors of the plumage look great under the sunlight. Focus, sharpness, POV and composition are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Ralf,
Yes, that what they say, the black color contains all the rest of the colors...and what a best example!
Excellent capture under the sun light and help.
You managed to built a very good and elegant composition.
Congratulations and thanks to share it.
Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-22 6:17]

Hej Ralf,
This fine and colourful shot shows that grackles are the American equivalent to African glossy starlings.
Nice sharp capture of the Common Grackle in superb lighting an from judt the right POV to bring out the iridescent colours.
Nice one!

Beautiful colours,sharpness is good.

Regards Gert

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-22 6:49]

Hi Ralf

Indeed a very striking bird! The reflections for its glossy plumage are amazing and the spectrum of colors is very vast...really wonderful!
Very good POV from you to catch this exact angle for all these colors.
Also very nice sharpness on the bird as well as exposure management.
I think that the place here also works well in showing the colors of the Grackle's reflections, being simple and grey.
Very well done overall!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Ralf

Beautiful bird and very nicely captured....
It does seem to be slightly over sharpened as evidenced by the fringing around the beak/head and legs/feet


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-22 7:34]

Wow! What a beautiful bird!
The iridescent colours are mind-blowing!
Very, very sharp with great clarity.
Superb DOF.
Well done Ralf,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-22 8:20]

Hi Ralf,

I have never seen a Grackle that looked like this. I thought it would have been taken in some exotic place - but New York City? Amazing irridescent colors and excellent sharp details. Quite a sight.


Hello Ralf,

Very nice picture of this grackle. Good focus, POV and DOF. The iridescence of the plumage is very well captured.
Very well done,

Very good detail and nice color.Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Ralf

superb shot of this grackle with a great light on him
and colourful excellent details of his plumage, TFS


Superb image Ralf!
The color is incredible, focus detail excellent, wonderful composition, and super dof. It's so nice to be able to view and critique an image of this quality. Well done, Bravo!
I'm saving this in my favorites. Thank you.

Hello Ralf,
A perfect capture of this glossy and colorful icterid species. Details and sharpness excellent as like lighting. Also eye contact, POV/DOF and composition great. thanks a lot.
best wishes

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-22 11:47]

Hello Ralf,
What a great colour tones. Excellent sharpness, composition and DOF. Very good POV and timing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-22 12:03]

Hej Ralf,
What a superb shot of this Crackle taken in good light and from a fine angle to accentuate the colours which are fantastic!
I like its pose and the rocky background too.
Very sharp and a very fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Ralf. Admirable shot that captures all the nuances of of iridescent plumage. Nice background that does not distract from the sheen on the bird. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-22 14:13]

Hi Ralf
Excellent presntation.You did an excellent job in getting all the beautiful colors from your subject.Good POV & sharp image.
TFS Michel

Hello Ralf,
Very good composition.
Nice colors.
Beautiful bird.
Excellent POV and DOF.

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-01-22 19:52]

Hi Ralf
Beautiful capture
Lovely iridescent color
Crystal clear image
tfs jon

Hi Ralf,
They are indeed very colorful in the sunlight and you captured it in an admirable way! Those shining colors are breathtaking... Like I wrote many times before, those birds have much strange behavior when nesting. They clean their nest by making some fecal bags that they systematically through in the nearest water plan. Each spring, I have some of those birds, nesting all around the house and guess where they through them: in my pool! I hate this time of year :) Thanks,

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-01-23 6:17]

Hi Ralf
Very nice picture of this grackle. Good focus, POV and DOF.

fantastic one Ralf,
those colours you captured here a very nice, good pov and very good photojob, I like it, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-01-23 12:46]

Hi Ralf
This is very good image
very nice color and sharp
I like it very much


Awesome shot! I really like the way you captured the changing colors on this bird. Fantastic Work!


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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-04-22 22:18]

hi Ralf,
fantastic capture of this bird showing all it's amazing colors.. great work!!

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