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Silhouette in-flight : Common Grackle

Silhouette in-flight : Common Grackle
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-31 16:59
Viewed: 4784
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello friends, today it was a bad luminosity day,
and i think with giving bad settings to my camera
i could not obtain details of the dark plumage
of the Common Grackle, instead i obtained
his silhouette, and i am happy of the results

photo shot with my Fujifilm
bridge camera in RAW and ISO200

from Birds of Nova Scotia website :


« Inexperienced observers sometimes mistake
this bird for a starling. When seen in the field,
the most obvious difference is in the tails, the tail
of the grackle being long, that of the starling being
particularly short; the grackle is considerably larger,
its manner of flight is slower and more deliberate
and at close range the marked difference
in plumages becomes apparent. »



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Hi Asbed,

Very nice silhouette with your signature at the bottom. Pleasing blue sky and very graphical in presentation.


Brilliant use of the silhouette effect. Because the whole birds body is there it makes it so dynamic. Your bird is almost outdone by your copyright:-) That is a smiley face not a bad thing. I think I may do same soon.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-31 20:48]

Hi Asbed,

A beautiful silhouette of this Grackle in a very graceful pose. The completely black bird against the blue sky is striking.


Hi Asbed,
a beautiful silhoutte in-flight of Common Grackle, i like the simple composition, but very efficacious.
Best regards

Hi, Asbed,

thanks for sharing this perferct sihouette. I am going to use it as a practice template for drawing birds : ) thanks for sharing!

Man Yee

Ciao Asbed, beautiful silhouette of flying bird, splendid shoot, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Asbed
Belle silhouette bien découpée,
Personnellement j'aurais éclairci légérement le ciel!

Hi Asbed,

Honestly, I find this not a good picture.
With your skills it must be better.
Sorry, but you can that.
Well good silhouette.


Hello Asbed,
One of the finest photographs clicked by you. The silhouette of this bird has come out very well. TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-01 12:35]

Hi Asbed. I must say i like to see a silhouette like this. I must say i would not have be able to ID the bird. It stands out so well from the plain blue Sky. well done TFS.

Hi Asbed, a wonderful in-fligh capture of a bird with is lovely fantastic silhouttes and nice composition.
TFS and cheers,

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