Friday, July 28, 2017

THE RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

This is an old post that I forgot to publish.  I hope it wasn't a ghost copy or you may have seen these before, keeping fingers crossed.  I was going through a few forgotten drafts when I found it.  These photos were taken in April 2016 at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria.


You can learn more about him here






A couple of collages that I came up with at the time.




46 comments:

  1. Oh, how wonderful!!! Those look like cattails that have gone to seed. Red Wings just love to sit on the very top of tall weeds. But I have never been able to get a postable picture of one! How on earth did you get these marvelous and sharp pictures? I love the one where he is singing and his wing is spread out. I even love the cattail field!! Everything is perfect. Can you tell I am a birdwatcher? Of your two collages, my favorite is the first one.

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    1. Hi Ginny, taking photos is very much a matter of luck :) I always seem to take them with my cell phone lately but for these we have a camera with a zoom lens, and the Red-wing was a very cooperative bird that day :)

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    2. Beautiful photos, Denise! I see them here in the Montreal area from time to time and they are lovely birds!

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    3. Thank you Linda and how lovely that you can see them up your way too.

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  2. They are dramatic and beautiful birds - that I would love to see in life and am grateful to see in the blogosphere.

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    1. I feel the same way and see all your wonderful native birds EC :)

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  3. Wow, that is a pretty bird - so lovely colouring on her wings! The mosaic is stunning.

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    1. Thank you Riitta, I am happy you liked them.

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  4. Hi Denise and what a stunning Blackbird, love the singing image, as you say getting a decent image is a matter of luck but we can do things to assist the process. All the best, John

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    1. You take such incredible photos John, and I know there is more than luck involved. I know only a modicum of what it is to take a good photo and rely on luck most of the time. I can only hope to learn from blogging friends' expertise with the camera. I feel I learn something every time I visit your blog. All the best, Denise:)

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    2. Hi Denise As long as we are still learning we are getting somewhere, must admit at times it seems we have a considerable amount to learn, I've found a large lens is a wonderful help, just the weight is a problem. Thank you for your reply. All the best, John

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    3. Thank you John. Just out of curiosity, what size lens do you have? Hope that is not too nosy a question but I am curious :-)

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  5. Third one down is my favourite, Denise. I can just imagine a pretty song coming from his open beak.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one gets muddled with drafts... I've had to devise a plan - which works! I'm always fearful of putting one post on twice ...grins.

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    1. I have several drafts that don't get published, then when I go back and look after a few months I go, "Oh yes, l forgot all about that." LOL :) Then I go back again and try to see if it is a duplicate.

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  6. Hello Denise!:) The American Red Winged Blackbird are stunning, and your captures are all wonderful. I like the creative way you framed them too.:)

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  7. Hello, lovely red-wing Blackbird images. The framed mosaics are pretty. Happy Friday! Wishing you a great day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen and the same to you :)

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  8. he is a beauty and I love both collages a LOT

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  9. Red-winged blackbirds are just so beautiful...and always know spring is near when I start seeing them and hearing them.

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  10. You've shown the Red-winged blackbird on his favorite perch...the last year's cattail.

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    1. They seem to always be popular with the birds

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  11. I love the collages, they are so well done! It is a pretty bird. Have a good day!

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  12. They're beautiful birds. Very territorial too during nesting, but that's a few weeks.

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    1. Indeed William, interesting about the nesting.

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  13. Oh you got some great shots of these birds that elude my lens!

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  14. It almost looks like he was posing for you that day, very nice.

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  15. Oh wow...beautiful. Never seen one before.

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  16. Such a beautiful redwinged blackbird! Awesome photos.

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  17. Great photos of a pretty bird. The splash of colour makes for a lot more interest. Diane

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    1. I agree, the red and yellow epaulettes make him a star :)

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  18. Fun photos! They are harbingers of spring, hereabouts.

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  19. Good pictures of the red wing blackbird!

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  20. Great photos of these beautiful birds. I love to see them in the meadows.

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