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Red-Winged Blackbird (female)

Red-Winged Blackbird (female)
Photo Information
Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, canon tc-dc52b 1.6x
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-01 23:21
Viewed: 4752
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Red-Winged Blackbird (female)
Agelaius phoeniceus

Identification Tips:
Length: 7.25 inches
Sharply-pointed bill
Frequents marshy habitats in summer, open habitats at other times of year
Often flocks with other species of blackbirds.
Adult male:
Bright red patch on wings bordered by yellow (border missing in some races)
Black plumage
Immature male similar to adult male but has pale supercilium and brown edges to black feathers.
Adult female:
Pale supercilium
Heavily streaked underparts
Upperparts brown and white
Sometimes has yellow tinge to face and throat
Females very dark in some races
Juveniles similar to adult females
Similar species:
The male Red-winged Blackbird can be told from the male Tricolored Blackbird by its yellowish, not white, border to the red shoulder patch. Females are quite similar but Tricoloreds typically have darker bellies. Tricolored Blackbirds are only found in Oregon and California. Other species of blackbirds lack the red shoulder patch of the male and the streaked underparts of the female.

Thanks for looking.

dew77, PDP, Janice, sAner, hummingbird24, liquidsunshine, Fisher, zenitlady has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To elizemeijer: She was about 10 meters...Luc 1 05-02 12:05
To Fisher: Merci Mike...Luc 1 05-02 12:03
To hummingbird24: It is because she has...Luc 1 05-02 12:01
To ellis49: All my photos have this softness...Luc 1 05-02 01:13
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-02 1:49]

Hello Luc!
Very nice shot.At the top of plant.Expression on face is wonderful.Perfect composition.TFS...:-)

Good morning Luc(0546 here), very good picture.
It's little soft, but for the IS with a 1.6 converter it's more than OK. Very well composed and exposed and nice colours.
Very well done, my Friend.

PT later, out of dimes ;-(

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-02 3:27]

Hello Luc, very pleasing composition, it's a very nice looking bird and against the blue sky it looks great. It is a little soft in focus but as Gert says very good for hte setup. Good shot.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-02 5:29]

Another new one for me Luc - a red winged blackbird. And what a lot of colour this female has. Good composition, especially against the blue sky, but details a little soft, but always much better than I can ever get! So very well shown. Thank you...

Nice composition Luc. Focus is a tad soft. You got the twinkle in the eye and the blue BG is great. Pose and POV are very good too. Thanks

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-02 6:12]

Hello Luc,

Composition is perfect and colors are great. Like Gert says, the focus is a little soft. Did you use USM? POV is great. TFS!


Luc, Excellent pose and composition my friend! Thank you for bring me the female of this great-looking species!! Well done.

A proud looking female, this one, Luc.
Very well captured, great POV, wonderful background and good note as usual. Thank you so much for sharing her with us.
I have never seen this bird before, only the male...

Great composition :) how far away were you from him, or was he above you ?
lovely details on the breast :)


Nice capture Luc,
Very good composition, details and colours. Good job on the exposure.
Thanks for posting

Luc, une belle vue de l'oiseaux.
Bravo et magnifique. La compasition te tres bien.
Luc, merci pour complimenter mes images.


Hello Luc! Doesn't she pose prettily? Wonderful full length shot, nice clarity on her face. I really like her looking back over her shoulder, glad you were able to catch that! Great job! Merci!

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