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To Bathe or Not to Bathe

To Bathe or Not to Bathe
Photo Information
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: 2009-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-27 10:42
Viewed: 3096
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 14
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Brewer's Blackbird
Euphagus cyanocephalus

Cool Facts:
Brewer’s Blackbirds are social birds that nest in colonies of up to 100 birds. The first females to arrive choose a nest site to suit them, and later arrivals follow suit. Eggs are extremely variable in color and pattern. Some studies suggest the variability helps the eggs match the background pattern of the nest, helping to camouflage them.
Most birds fly south for the winter, but a small number of Brewer’s Blackbirds fly west – leaving the frigid Canadian prairies for the milder coastal regions of British Columbia and Washington.
Brewer’s Blackbirds cope well with humans and the development we bring. In the last century, they spread eastward from western Minnesota, taking advantage of agricultural fields, farmhouses, and towns. Where they overlap with the Common Grackle, the grackles take the streets and suburbs, leaving the Brewer’s Blackbirds to the fields and grasslands.
Brewer’s Blackbirds are sometimes shot, trapped, or poisoned around agricultural fields in an attempt to protect crops. Although they do eat grains, this species’ appetite for insects makes it more of a farmer’s friend than a pest. Brewer’s Blackbirds are quick to notice new food sources and have been credited with helping to curb outbreaks of insect pests including weevils, cutworms, termites, grasshoppers, and tent caterpillars, among others.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-27 10:46]

Hi Manyee. This Brewers Blackbird looks like its already had a good bath . You have been able to get good close up of the wet feathers with fine detail and natural colours. I like the pose on the old log in the water. well done TFS.

Hi Manyee,

Woh!... You you does pictures with his SX 110IS that I can not do with mine!... excellent details and a beautiful light!... beautiful work, very well achieved!... congratulations. Please, publishes the EXIF to learn a bit of his technique with that Canon!

**My excuses for not being able to punctuate this photo, but points finished me for today!... I am in debt with you! :-(



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-27 11:10]

Hello ManYee,
A very nice capture of a doubting bather that maybe has already made up its mind!
Maybe it is not clean enough yet but the wet plumage of this Brewer's Blackbird is well capture with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting from a nice lateral POV and the eye is really striking!
Thanks and all the best,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-27 11:15]

Hello Manyee,
Beautiful photo of this Brewers Blackbird in good sharpness and very beautiful colours. Great POV and composition.

Hello Manyee,
Very good close up of this interesting bird. Sharp colours and excellent details.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-27 12:02]

Hello Manyee
Nice capture with vivid colors and great details

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-08-27 13:17]

Hi Manyee,
Wet and black bird ...
Nice capture, very beautiful colors and detail are super.Reflection too.
Best wishes,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-27 14:04]

Slav Manyee,
This is a very nice bird capture.Excellent sharpness and details in splendid light.TFS.

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