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Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

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This is the Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) displaying to a female and perched rather unceremoniously on a water-level marker near the lake. Common and widespread in Eastern North America, nesting in trees, especially dense evergreens. Forages for seeds and invertebrates on the ground near trees. Often seen in very large flocks. Harsh unmusical voice and very active in chasing the Red-tailed Hawk from their territory! Sadly I never managed to get a picture of that!!
Settings: F/5.6 1/2000sec AV -1EV ISO250 @700mm tripod

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my Catbird upload - really appreciated Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 500mm F4L IS + 1.4x extender
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:10 Jun 2010 - 6:22 PM
Tags:Cape, Close-up / macro, Cod, Common, Displaying, England, Grackle, Massachusetts, New, Quiscalus, Quiscula, Sports / action, Usa, Wildlife / nature
Votes:38

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LukeParkinson
LukeParkinson e2 Member 530 forum postsLukeParkinson vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 6:27 PM

Goo capture. Well done

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 6:30 PM

A stunning image, Sylvia, what a wonderful looking bird. Carol

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 6:35 PM

Such a beautiful image Sylvia. That irridescant shine in the plumage reminds me so much of shine often seen on our starlings. Lovely.
Ron

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andymark
andymark e2 Member 4andymark vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 6:45 PM

i love this shot

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 6:55 PM

That is what I call a bird on a stick Sylvia...lol
Well timed in full display and super detail in the plumage and eye
Richard

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8319 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 7:10 PM

well fanned out tail, good looking bird with nice colours

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Kingfisher8
Kingfisher8 e2 Member 5Kingfisher8 vcard England
10 Jun 2010 - 7:15 PM

Beautiful colours and a beautiful image, well done.

Keith.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 7:25 PM

Excellent colours and detail Sylvia
Helen

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 7:52 PM

Wonderful capture Sylvia,nicely detailed and a great comp !!!!

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 8:04 PM

Such lovely colouring and a beautiful capture. - gary

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Bob_V
Bob_V e2 Member 7Bob_V vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 8:29 PM

What a superb capture, so well presented.
Bob

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Gezina
Gezina e2 Member 8Gezina vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 9:11 PM

He is really showing off Sylvia - would have impressed any femaly nearby I think - well timed shot with lovely colour - Ina

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Ray42
Ray42 e2 Member 6Ray42 vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 9:49 PM

A gorgeous looking bird Sylvia - showing off all his wares no doubt to some female nearby - great shot

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 727 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 10:44 PM

What a great name and fab timing Sylvia

Jon

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finepetportraits

Another bird I've never heard of. A beautiful shot!! Smile

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2010 - 1:54 PM

Wonderful! and to see the tail fanned out is an added bonus, so perfectly captured and timed
Lillian

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peterellison
peterellison e2 Member 7peterellison vcard United Kingdom
11 Jun 2010 - 4:15 PM

What an excellent display by this bird and a great capture!
Peter.

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brownbear
brownbear e2 Member 5brownbear vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2010 - 5:34 PM

Great pic, very sharp, wonderful expression and pose, well timed

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maratsuikka
11 Jun 2010 - 10:07 PM


Quote: That is what I call a bird on a stick Sylvia...lol
Well timed in full display and super detail in the plumage and eye
Richard

Same here,Sylvia,we done there

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2010 - 11:20 PM

He looks hopping mad in this shot, you've timed this one to perfection

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2010 - 4:30 AM

Seems a little lacking in detail around the head but the `pose' is superb. Also, `grackle' is a fine word.

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