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King of the marsh

King of the marsh
Photo Information
Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 16:53
Viewed: 3739
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This red-winged blackbird seems to have get through a tough fight in order to gain its territories (look at the damaged tail!)... But by winning, he becomes the king of the marsh ;-)

Picture took at the Carbonneau's marsh...

Any comments?

Thank you!


Cool facts

Different populations and subspecies of Red-winged Blackbirds vary markedly in size and proportions. An experiment was conducted that moved nestlings between populations and found that the chicks grew up to resemble their foster parents. This study indicated that much of the difference seen between populations is the result of the different environments.

The Red-winged Blackbird is a highly polygynous species, with one male having up to 15 different females making nests in his territory. In some populations 90% of territorial males have more than one female. But, from one quarter to up to half of the young in "his" nests do not belong to the territorial male. Instead they have been sired by neighboring males.

The male Red-winged Blackbird fiercely defends his territory during the breeding season. He may spend more than a quarter of all the daylight hours in territory defense. He vigorously keeps all other males out of the territory and defends the nests from predators. He will attack much larger animals, including horses and people.

The Red-winged Blackbird forms roosting congregations in all months of the year. In the summer it will roost in small numbers at night in the wetlands where it forages and breeds. In winter, it can form huge congregations of several million birds, which congregate in the evening and spread out each morning. Some may travel as far as 80 km (50 mi) between the roosting and feeding sites. It commonly shares its winter roost with other blackbird species and European Starlings.

smurali, Pentaxfriend, Matt-Bird, gracious, SelenE, loot, ridvan, marhowie, PaulH, pierrefonds, izler, Aaltjie, rousettus, Alex99, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Michel, This is a very beautiful specie with tough life. The description of the bird is very good too.
- Murali Santhanam

Hi Michel,

What a beauty
Excellent POV, pose, sharpness and details
lovely colours and composition

TFS Thijs

Hi Michel,
I like the pov and the whole appearence of the photo, the colours and lighting really work well together here. A very nice photo,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-24 0:45]

Hi Michel,
Fabulous looking bird and you have captured it in a majestic pose. I like the way it clings on to the stem and the natural lighting is just magnificent. Excellent BG which highlights the subjects and very impressive sharpness and colours. I like your POV to portray the Blackbird and the superb composition. Kudos.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-24 3:06]
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Hi Michel

A lovely bird in a first class pose you have captured here. Those bright shoulder "flashers" are great and the story about the territorial scuffles and winner takes all scenario is quite interesting.

I like the composition with excellent placing of the bird and reed. The colours are great and the details are fine. The BG is perfectly isolated through the telephoto effect and the soft tones compliment the dark bird. The exposure is fine although a little short on contrast on the dark body, but maybe it is just my monitor.

Well done and TFS.

selam michel , an excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely bird nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-24 4:32]

Hi Michel,
Colors,composition, pose and POV are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

hi michel,
very nice capture , liked the pov & the composition very much, lovlely colours, nice framing,
tfs & regards

Salut Michel,
la parfaite position du carouge à épaulette mais pas facile à prendre en photo.
Très belle prise.

Hello Michel,
what a warrior he is and you caught him well in time!
good exposure and focus bring clarity even the main body is in black, well done!
good composition and well seen

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-25 5:02]

Hi Michel,
excellent POV and a lovely light, the DOF is spot on and composition - perfect! Very well done.

Bonsoir Michel,

Une belle image de cet oiseau avec du rouge sur les ailes, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-08-08 11:03]

selam Michel
good capturing of this cute and beautiful bird
i like compostion, point of view, blurred background, colours, framing and informative note
thanks for sharing

I did not have the opportunity to critique any photos lately as I have been in hospital with pneumonia. I see you have also not posted lately, and trust you are ok. I’ll critique this King of the March photo of yours.
First of all thanks for the attention-grabbing information giving. Like always I enjoyed this tremendously. If I start looking at photos for critiquing and I see a lengthy note, I’ll always give my smiley to that member, does not matter if the posting itself is not of such a good quality. After all I am here to learn, and I think that is why the most of my smiley’s have been rewarded to Loot’s photo’s. He always supply such a valuable suitcase full of information.
This bird surely looks like a warrior and a fighter. He looks cheeky to. The way he looks back as if he is saying “Come and try me, I am waiting for you”.
The black and red of the plumage compliments one another very well. Thanks for sharing and well done.
Kind regards

Hi Michel,
This is one of the best I saw in your portfolio. POV, details, colors and composition very nice. Of course frame in same of bird's main colors very nice. good notes. thanks a lot.
best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-10 10:44]

Hi Michel, again.
Pose of the bird, elegance of the pictured scene is amazing. I'm impressed with the quality of the colour tone reproduction (I mean the bird's plumage), nice, well lightened and coloured smooth BG and perfect refined composition and cropping of the image. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Michel,
you got very beautiful birds in your province! And this is an extraorinary shot - elegant and dynamic pose, very well composed, and coming with a cheerfully rhythmical and colourful background that adds to the strongly artistic touch of the image.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-11-07 17:23]

Bonjour Michel,
Superbe couleurs ... je trouve qu'il est très difficile d'avoir de beaux détails comme ça sur un oiseau noir ... Bravo

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-21 13:10]

Pas facile un oiseau noir mais tu as superbement bien réussi. La pose, la composition, les détails et le fond sont vraiment très bien. Bravo Michel et merci.


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