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Red-winged blackbird

Red-winged blackbird
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-14 13:14
Viewed: 4201
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Red-winged blackbir
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.

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bonjour Jean-Paul

une jolie photo du Carouge à épaulettes prise à travers
les branches par un excellent POV et cadrage panorama,
excellent focus netteté et détails du plumage, TFS


bonjour Jeanpaul
image fantastique de ce carouge à épaulettes dans un décor de branches, son plumage noir et ses ailes colorées sont superbes et bien détailés, bon focus sur sa tête, excellente luminosité
Passe une bonne nuit

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-14 15:24]

Hi Jeanpaul,

I have seen this Red-winged Blackbird only once in Arizona. He must have lost his way. A beautiful bird captured perfectly with wonderful black, red and yellow feathers. The details are so fine that the eye shines surrounded by the black feathers. A lovely pose on the branches of the bare tree.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-14 22:13]

Hi Jean Paul,
Very beautiful capture of this blackbird.
I liked POV,sharpness,details on black
plumage and eye contact a lot.
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-14 23:42]

Great capture this Red-winged blackbir.
I like the details and colors of this wonderful bird.

Hello Jeanpaul,
quelle belle photo de ce beau oiseau au plumage sombre qu'est le Carouge à épaulettes
prise par un excellent POV qui montre bien les couleurs voyantes sur les ailes, bonne netteté, une jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Je te souhaite une bonne semaine
Ciao Maurizio

Hi JP.

That little colors on the wings are just unique for this blackbird. Well exposed image and details of the plumage is so well seen. Great shot and TFS.

Best regards,

Hi dear jeanpaul ,
Very nice work dear jeanpaul.
Great composition and vivid colours.
Very well captured.

Best wishes

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-02-15 11:56]

Salut Jean-Paul
Belle présentation qui rappelle le printemps.J'aime bien la capture du carouge avec ses belles couleurs de printemps.L.image est bien en focus et le detail du plumage est excellent.
Merci Michel

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-15 18:02]

Bonjour JeanPaul,
Excellent image of this male red-wing blackbird. Splendid posting, thank you for sharing.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-15 21:05]

Hello Jeanpaul, fine shot of this colourful blacbird with nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

Hi Jeanpaul,

Incredible capture of this pretty blackbird with fantastic environment with great DOF/POV, perfect exposure and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-02-16 21:00]

Hello Jeanpaul,
A great shot of this Red-winged Blackbird. I always look forward to the return of this particular bird each year, because it means spring has finally arrived.
Thank you for giving me a glimmer of that hope on this very cold and snowy winters evening.

Bonjour Jean-Paul !
Qu'il est beau, cet oiseau ! J'adore son plumage noir de jais, avec juste ces "épaulettes" rouge et jaune, c'est un contraste magnifique. C'est aussi un oiseau très élégant, et capturé avec beaucoup de talent. Jolis détails, belles couleurs naturelles, excellent composition. Félicitations !

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-02-17 19:25]

Hi JeanPaul

A nice capture of this rather sharp beaked Red-winged Blackbird. I do like the natural
surroundings and although the BG is somewhat busy, with all the branches and twigs,
it is not distracting at all. The little catchlight in the eye brings life to the image.

Well done MF and TFS.

hello Jeanpaul,
thank you very much for your good wishes in my anniversary photo!
photographed a very beautiful scene, with interesting colours and very good focus, beautiful composition and photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-18 15:41]

Salut Jeanpaul,une espece tres tres interessante et une composition magnifique,parfait focus,nettete' et couleurs....mes plus gros compliments,c'etait pas facile.Bonne journee',Luciano

Hello Jeanpaul
I can't wait to see the Red-winged blackbird as it means summer is on it's way. Well captured and fine details.
TFS Janice

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-19 13:17]

Hello JP,
What great picture. Nice POV that allows us to see more details.
Superb capture With a top player.
Many regards,

Another great piece of photography work.
Excellent note.

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