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Back to the archives, to our visit to Cape Cod, New England last May. This is a Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula), common and widespread, nesting in large flocks in trees, especially dense evergreens like juniper. Often lives side by side with flocks of Redwing Blackbirds. Forages for seeds and invertebrates on the ground. Best large if you have time.
Settings: F/5.6 1/3200sec -1EV ISO230 AV@700mm tripod

Thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - always very much appreciated Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 500mm F4L IS + 1.4x TC
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:11 Jan 2011 - 10:02 AM
Tags:Bird, Cape, Cod, Common, England, General, Grackle, Landscape / travel, Ma, Massachusetts, New, Quiscalus, Quiscula, Usa, Wild, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:42

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 10:08 AM

What a beautiful bird, Sylvia, a glorious multiu-colour sheen to its plumage, which you have captured so well in this image. Carol

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dusfim  4 Malta
11 Jan 2011 - 10:12 AM

Very sharp shot, with fantastic details, also very well presented. Dusfim

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Imagephotographics

Beautiful capture Sylvia

Chris

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 10:20 AM

Great shot. Well done.
Alvar

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skewey
skewey  831 forum posts England
11 Jan 2011 - 10:27 AM

Another stunning species Sylvia
Well Done
Paul

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 10:33 AM

A superb sharp capture Sylvia and cracking eye. Also like the low pov on this. An interesting name, is it derived from the sound it makes?
Richard

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Samuel_Aron
11 Jan 2011 - 11:05 AM

Great cature!
Sam.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6228 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 11:11 AM


Quote: An interesting name, is it derived from the sound it makes?
Richard

Have tried to find out but don't think so Richard. A "grackle" can also be a type of bridle with cross-over noseband used particularly for competition horses!

The call however is very raucous, rather like crows.
Here is the rest of the Common Grackle description:-
Taken from The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America:
"Larger and heavier than blackbirds, with longer thicker bill and much larger tail with distinctive keel shape. Voice is an unmusical harsh kh-shee or khr-reezzh. Calls include short, harsh, toneless, wheezy notes. Flight call a low dry kek deeper than blackbirds. Variation of colours: Colouration of male Common Grackle varies slightly across the speciesí range. Populations nesting along the Atlantic coastal plain south of New York, known as Purple Grackle, have a uniform blue-violet or variegated multi-coloured iridescence on body and wing coverts, whilst interior populations, known as Bronzed Grackle, have a more uniform bronze sheen on body and wing coverts. Florida birds are glossy blue-violet on head and underparts with greenish back. Differences in females are less conspicuous."

Sylvia

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
11 Jan 2011 - 11:15 AM

New one on me - great day for new bird images (and data). Much enjoyed.
Pat

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 11:38 AM

Good capture with excellent detail and colour.
Joan.

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 1:37 PM

A beautiful colorful bird Sylvia!!! Perfect x x

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 2:52 PM

Beautiful colours Sylvia, he looks almost metalic............Sandy

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 3:43 PM

What wonderful colours
Helen

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 4:10 PM

Beautiful bird Sylvia. Never seen or heard of one before. Fantastic bright eye.
Ron

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 5:15 PM

beautiful bird, well taken picture

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finepetportraits

A fantastic bird and great capture. Well done, thanks for sharing.

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
11 Jan 2011 - 6:42 PM

Hi Sylvia, large is stunning. superb capture regards gray.

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 - 7:16 PM

Very good shot.
Tony

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BarbAnna
BarbAnna  4 England
11 Jan 2011 - 7:18 PM

A superb capture Sylvia...... Barbara

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2011 - 7:15 AM

What an unusual bird! Great colours and detail, wonderul eye, proud pose!
Johanna

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2011 - 8:12 AM

An excellent shot Sylvia - caught the lovely irridescent colours very well and pin sharp detail - an unusual looking bird with an equally unusal name

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2011 - 10:18 AM

Handsome birds, these. The name seems to come from the Latin graculus — jackdaw.

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dianah
dianah  724474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2011 - 12:31 PM

Happy New Year, Sylvia ! What a beautiful image and the same for the presentation. I love the colour you have captured in the birds feathers.
Di

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Silverzone
12 Jan 2011 - 2:04 PM

Superb specimen well taken. Sylvia

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2011 - 8:33 PM

Looks very much like the Starling Family in South Africa - beautifully coloured bird extremely well captured - Ina

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2011 - 8:46 PM

A fabulous shot Sylvia, like the beady eye and the beautiful irridescent colours in the plumage

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