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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)

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LukeParkinson
10 Jun 2010 - 6:27 PM

Goo capture. Well done

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CarolG
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10 Jun 2010 - 6:30 PM

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

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Maiwand
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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  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 6:45 PM

i love this shot

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Shroomer
Shroomer  8 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 Plus Member 8343 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
10 Jun 2010 - 7:15 PM

Beautiful colours and a beautiful image, well done.

Keith.

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2010 - 7:25 PM

Excellent colours and detail Sylvia
Helen

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WindowonWildlife

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

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gary_d
gary_d Plus 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  7 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  8 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  7 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
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
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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
11 Jun 2010 - 4:15 PM

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

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brownbear
brownbear  6 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 Plus Member 9251 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  6269 forum posts 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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