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Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird
Photo Information
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: 2009-05-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-11 21:03
Viewed: 2825
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I captured this photo of a male Red-winged Blackbird out behind the house. He was feeding on some type of seeds that he found in the grass next to our flower garden.

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
The Red-winged Blackbird breeds in marsh and upland habitats from southern Alaska and central Canada to Costa Rica, and from California to the Atlantic Coast and West Indies. Although primarily associated with large freshwater marshes and prairies, it also nests in small patches of marsh vegetation in roadside ditches, saltwater marshes, rice paddies, hay fields, pasture land, fallow fields, suburban habitats, and even urban parks. This blackbird migrates to and from the northern portions of its breeding range, but some populations in the western United States and Gulf Coast are known to be resident year-round, as are populations in Middle America.

Although the Red-winged Blackbird varies in size geographically, adults of all populations are sexually dimorphic in size, plumage, and behavior. The male is larger, possesses the more conspicuous definitive adult plumage, and is more conspicuous in his behavior than is the female. In addition to its striking sexual dimorphism, the Red-winged Blackbird is also known for its polygynous social system. Up to 15 females have been observed nesting on the territory of a single male, making this one of the most highly polygynous of all bird species. Recent molecular studies have shown that territory owners do not necessarily sire all of the nestlings on their territories, which demonstrates that females as well as males often copulate with more than one partner during a breeding season and even for a single nesting attempt.

Info from: The Birds of North America..Online

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-11 21:52]

Hello Ron
Excellent photo, the subject has great details and you capture it with low POV, perfect BG and wonderful colors.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-11 22:04]
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Hi Ron,

I have seen one Red-winged Blackbird here in twelve years. He was at the feeder and took off before I could get a shot. You did a fantastic job on this one and the seed in his beak makes it even more special. Pose, colors and details are all excellent. I love the greens of the background and the composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-11 22:09]

Great capture Ron!
Nice low lateral POV, fine sharpness, lighting, diffuse BG, focusing and excellent composition make this a great portrait of a male Red-winged Blackbird.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-11 23:09]

Hi Ron !
A beautiful capture.
Beautiful colors, excellent contrast.
Have a nice day,

Hello Ron,
this is great picture. I like this bird, pose, composition, colors and sharpness, blured BG.

TFS, best regards,

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-05-12 5:44]

Hi Ron , A very nice photo of this young Backbird , his adolescent colors sure do give a lot to the detail and definition of the plumage , you have captured nice sharp detail , lovely color with a good composition , thanks for sharing it

A classic shot Ron. It has food in its beak. You really got close on this one. Very nice in sharp. It brings out the colors on the wings well. Good old Ohio. It never let us down. Keep on sending me my memories.

Hi Ron,

Another very nice shot of the birds we see every day and often overlook as photo subjects. I live across the street from a small marsh, so I see and hear these all the time, but have never bothered photographing them, been concentrating on plants, mushrooms and bugs too much I guess.

A very nice, sharp shot!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-12 10:36]

Hello Ron,
Excellent photo taken from a perfect low POV. Fantastic natural colours, also in the OOF BG. Great sharp details, composition and pose. Very beautiful!

Hello Ron,
Wonderful capture of this Red Winged Blackbird, superb sharpness, depth of field, clarity and details, beautiful colors and contrast.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-05-12 19:35]

Hello Ron,
This is a nice picture, I like this birds because of their red
patch on the shoulder, but they are not easy to photograph.. at least for me.. Well done


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-13 14:48]

Hi Ron,isn't easy to comment a perfection like that.Best moment to take,wonderful point of view,impressive sharpness....and the red plume is a great spectacle! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hi Ron,
Congratulations on capturing such a sharp capture with only a 200mm lens - even with the crop factor. I can't seem to get anywhere near that close to a redwing.

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  • rocko (264)
  • [2010-04-17 5:33]
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At our house we have a lot of red-winged blackbirds.we like to shoot the bird. nice pic caleb

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