February 16, 2012

Red Wing Blackbird

SDP  2-16-12
I stalked several red wing blackbirds at the celery fields recently in hopes of capturing a photo to show you that, yes indeed, they do have red on their wing.  Ta-dah!  The red is quite noticeable when they're in flight, but capturing such a photo proved to be elusive on this venture.  I was just happy this guy remained still long enough for me to get this picture.

11 comments:

Paul @ Leeds Daily Photo said...

Not heard of this bird before, we have plenty of blackbirds here in Yorkshire but no red wings. I was out yesterday trying to get a photo of a robin but with my 70-200it is just not big enough, unless I can get much closer.

sweffling said...

I love your red wing blackbirds: I first saw them in California and was blown away. Much jollier than our funereal blackbirds but ours do have bright yellow beaks, at least the males do and our have a wonderful song.

Ernie said...

Red & gold, like little officers. :)

Jim Klenke said...

You have a good eye. We are getting over ran with grackles, I think. There are thousands of them, mostly at intersections and power poles.

Kathy said...

Great shot. They certainly don't like to pose, do they!

Steven said...

I LOVE red wing blackbirds. They can often be seen snapping up bugs around the rice fields in the part of Texas where I grew up. Fantastic shot.

RedPat said...

When they arrive back up north - that is springtime! Love to hear their song.

Michelle said...

A little beauty and a great background.

Jack said...

You got it! Persistence pays off.

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

I love these birds! Your patience paid off. :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh well done SRQ, it's such a buzz when you manage to catch these beautiful little creatures! He/she is a beauty!