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Red - winged Black bird

Red - winged Black bird
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of NEARCTIC (North America) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-28 19:10
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On that morning I was in a hurry to try my equipment coming back from Canon for minor adjustment ,also I was in a hurry to try my 2x converter I had buy it a few week ago but never had a chance to try it.First I had to say that I was surprised with the result and I was also lucky to get good opportunity at the red wing.
From Audubon
Although primarily a marsh bird ,the Red-winged Blackbird will nest near virtually any body of water & occasionally breeds in upland pastures.Each pair raises two or three broods a season,building a new nest for each clutch.

zetu, jaycee, ramthakur, siggi, Juyona, eng55, anel, Noisette, SelenE, eqshannon, Luis52, skoksalan, maurydv, CeltickRanger, NinaM, boreocypriensis, rousettus, Alex99, goutham_ramesh, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-28 21:48]

Hello Michel
Nice capture. I like details and colors of bird.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-28 21:49]

Hi Michel,

What an amazing shot of this Blackbird! Apparently the adjustment was a success and the converter works well. You are right - it was great luck to capture this beautiful bird with the beak opened in song and the red wing blowing. The blacks and colors are marvelous. I love the shadings and textures. The details of the face, eye, beak and feathers are superb. Magnificent pose, background and composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-28 22:11]

Hello Michel,
A great capture of a singing and displaying Red-winged Blackbird, the orange-red of the wing shoulder being displayed to the utmost.
The composition, timing and technical qualities are all superb. I can allmost hear him!
This must be favorite to remind me of when I saw it in Canada many years ago.
Thanks Michel!

That patch of orange and white is the hallmark of this bird's beauty, Michel.
A well composed shot with excellent focus on the bird.
TFS and regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-28 23:29]

Hello Michel,
very nice shot of this red wing Blackbird. Looks like he is posing for you, looking right into the lens. Wonderful details and excellent sharpness. POV, colors and composition are very nice.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-04-28 23:50]

Hola MIchel,
preciosa captura y encuadre,
magníficos detalles y bg.
saludos amigo.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-29 1:17]

Hi Michel !

Super macro. The colors are beautiful and their very good contrast.
The description provided is also interesting.
Have a nice day,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-29 1:56]

Hi Michel,
Magnificent capture.I liked details on black plumage,contrast,catchlight in eyes and pose of bird a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-29 5:00]

Bonjour Michel,
Tu sembles donc content de ton matériel, révisé ou nouveau. L'image en tout cas est très parlante, même chantante! Bon cadrage, belle composition décentrée et un oiseau plein de vie. Que voudrait-on de plus?
Belle journée

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-29 9:27]

Merhaba Michel,
harika bir anda yakalamışsın, çok güzel kompozisyon.
Siyah renkte alınan detay çok başarılı. Tebrikler.

Bonjour Michel
superbe photo de ce carouge, vous avez réussi à le prendre avec beaucoup de details, ce n'est pas si simple avec un sujet noir
j'aime bien sa pose, ses épaulettes oranges et son bec ouvert
merci pour le partage

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-04-29 18:09]

Hello Michel,
Fantastic shot! Very sharp picture and well composed.. Congratulations


I've really never even imagined such a bird, Michel!What a beauty!
Very well seen and captured, my friend!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-04-30 4:07]

Hi Michel,
Your model is very busy :o) Colors, contrast and composition look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Perfect timing on the shot click...and the colours here are vibrant. you would make a good sales person for that camera with your true eye!

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

Hi Michel. I missed this beauty the other day, What fantastic orange colours on the black feathers. You have captured it aith good timing with its mouth wide open. And a nice pose on the twig. well done TFS.

Ciao Michel, lovely blackbird in great pose against a beautiful blurry BG, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Herllo Michel,
Nice shot, beautiful vivid colors, excellent
timing and good compo and pov.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-05-01 21:21]

Hola Michel.
Singing just for You eh? Great photo, You did a great work here.
Never seen this bird before. TFS My friend.
Glad You have Your camera back to your hands again.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-02 13:56]

Hi Michel
Very nice bird you captured very well.
The colors of the bird looks excellent.

Best capture and beaitiful bird.

Bonita fotografía de un ave que yo nunca he visto.
Bien encuadrada y mucha expresividad en su gesto.
Un saludo y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Michel,
a splendid capture of a singing Red-winged Blackbird, very good sharpness and fantastic colours, i like the lovely posture of the bird in a very pleasant composition.
Best regards

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2009-05-04 16:14]

Bonjour Michel,
superbe cliché Bravo pour le timing parfait !

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-05 15:38]

Salut Michel,vraiment etrange cet oiseuax,jamais vu! Et quelle excellente capture,le moment avec la bouche ouverte et les details fantastiques sont les choses qui font la difference! Mes plus gros compliments,Luciano

salut Michel

je ne peux pas imaginer le printemps de chez nous
sans les cris des carouges à épaulettes,
excellente photo, avec superbe focus, excellent POV
et cadrage, ta as su allé chercher des details
du plumage noir, pas facile, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-06 8:44]

Hello Michel,
I missed this beauty, I was on holiday for a week.
The details in the feathers are amazing. Fantastic singing pose. Splendid clear colours. Superb composition. Great quality!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-05-07 9:29]

Wow, ça te fait un 1000mm! Comme la photo est superbe, en effet. De plus, l'oiseau est net à la perfection. J'aime beaucoup les carouges, leur chant représente l'été pour moi, les grands champs en campagne. Il y en a toujours un pour y chanter, sur un piquet de clôture ou dans les rameaux de hautes herbes. C'est vraiment un bel oiseau et ses plumes rouges sont tellement chatoyantes! Merci!


Hi MF Michel, what a wonderful moment and beautiful bird you captured here. i love this one. Great capture indeed.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Michel,
excellent beauty. splendid colored plumage. you are lucky to see this beautiful bird and to capture with a great shot. focus, POV/DOF and colors great, but also timing and exposure wonderful. thanks for sharing this beauty.
recently, I saw this species on documentary film. it has interesting courtship and defence of territorium. even against plastic raptor model. I hope I also will see it in nature in future.
best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-25 0:25]

Hi Michel.
1000 mm lens set is huge. Result is so impressive. Details of the bird, reproduction of its plumage are simply great as well as the pictured moment and beauty of the simply by subject scene. Perfect job and nice use of long lens.

Black birds are always difficult to shoot, but you have done very well here. I like the composition with directional space and those red feathers disturbed by the wing. The singing bird is an added bonus as well

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-05-31 4:59]

Merhaba Michel!
Çok güzel bir kuş fotosu bu. Harika bir kompozisyon olmuş. Seyir keyfi çok yüksek bir çalışma. Tebrikler.


Bonjour Michel,

Ce Carouge à épaulette sur la branche est impressionnant. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs du plumage de l'oiseau. Le sujet est bien cadré. As-tu utilisé un trépied ? L'intensité de la lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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