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Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

By teocali
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

Tags: Usa New England Cape Close-up and macro Common Displaying Massachusetts Cod Wildlife and nature Grackle Quiscalus Quiscula Sports and action

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LukeParkinson 8 30 3 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 6:27PM
Goo capture. Well done

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
10 Jun 2010 6:30PM
A stunning image, Sylvia, what a wonderful looking bird. Carol
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Jun 2010 6:35PM
Such a beautiful image Sylvia. That irridescant shine in the plumage reminds me so much of shine often seen on our starlings. Lovely.
andymark 8 1 England
10 Jun 2010 6:45PM
i love this shot
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
10 Jun 2010 6:55PM
That is what I call a bird on a stick
Well timed in full display and super detail in the plumage and eye
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 7:10PM
well fanned out tail, good looking bird with nice colours
10 Jun 2010 7:15PM
Beautiful colours and a beautiful image, well done.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 7:25PM
Excellent colours and detail Sylvia
10 Jun 2010 7:52PM
Wonderful capture Sylvia,nicely detailed and a great comp !!!!
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
10 Jun 2010 8:04PM
Such lovely colouring and a beautiful capture. - gary
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
10 Jun 2010 8:29PM
What a superb capture, so well presented.
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2010 9:11PM
He is really showing off Sylvia - would have impressed any femaly nearby I think - well timed shot with lovely colour - Ina
Ray42 10 3 England
10 Jun 2010 9:49PM
A gorgeous looking bird Sylvia - showing off all his wares no doubt to some female nearby - great shot
10 Jun 2010 10:44PM
What a great name and fab timing Sylvia

Another bird I've never heard of. A beautiful shot!! Smile
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2010 1:54PM
Wonderful! and to see the tail fanned out is an added bonus, so perfectly captured and timed
11 Jun 2010 4:15PM
What an excellent display by this bird and a great capture!
brownbear 8 2 England
11 Jun 2010 5:34PM
Great pic, very sharp, wonderful expression and pose, well timed
11 Jun 2010 10:07PM

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

Same here,Sylvia,we done there
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Jun 2010 11:20PM
He looks hopping mad in this shot, you've timed this one to perfection
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 4:30AM
Seems a little lacking in detail around the head but the `pose' is superb. Also, `grackle' is a fine word.

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