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Bad Hair Day!
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Copyright: John Maddocks (jmaddocks) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 44] (180)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-04 4:03
Viewed: 3523
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On a trip to Sea World with my 4 children, I caught sight of this Boat-Tailed Grackle having a bath. It was a very comical sight. I thought the metallic tinge to his feathers was very beautiful!

Identification Tips:

Very long tail
Eyes pale in birds from Atlantic coast, browner in Florida and Gulf Coast populations
Long bill
Frequently gathers in flocks
Most often found in salt marshes (more widespread in Florida)


Entirely black plumage with purple iridescence


Buffy supercilium and breast
Remainder of plumage dark brown

Similar species:

The male Boat-tailed Grackle is similar to the Common Grackle but is larger with a much longer tail. Great-tailed and Boat-tailed Grackles are very similar but fortunately have mostly different ranges. Great-tailed Grackles have paler eyes and different calls.

Source: here

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the composition is well taken John,
The dof is good but the pov can be done better, the note is very complete, well any way it's a good job. Thanks for the url.
gr. Jaap

Hi John

Great work. Caught after the bath. No towel and no hairdryer... bummer!! Well done. Sharpness could be better, but this is a great shot. Nice colours. TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-05 3:22]

A humorous pose indeed, John. I agree with you that the iridescent plumage is beautiful. I like his wet fluffy feathers. The focus seems a bit soft, but a moment well caught. Well done and TFS. : )

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