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Yellow-Headed Blackbird

Yellow-Headed Blackbird
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2005-05-29
Catégories: Birds
Appareil photographique: Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposition: f/6.3, 1/400 secondes
More Photo Info: [view]
Versions: version originale, Workshop
Thème(s): !Attitude [view contributor(s)]
Date de soumission: 2007-02-19 7:08
Vue: 3773
Points: 44
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
This Yellow-headed Blackbird was trying to impress the girls by singing and fluffing up to appear big and strong. This photo was taken at Murray Lake near Medicine Hat.
Yellow-headed Blackbird
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Icteridae

Genus: Xanthocephalus
Bonaparte, 1850
Species: X. xanthocephalus
The Yellow-headed Blackbird, Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus, is a medium-sized blackbird, and the only member of the genus Xanthocephalus.

Adults have a pointed bill. The adult male is mainly black with a yellow head and breast; they have a white wing patch sometimes only visible in flight. The adult female is mainly brown with a dull yellow throat and breast.

Their breeding habitat is cattail marshes in North America, mainly west of the Great Lakes. The nest is built with and attached to marsh vegetation. They nest in colonies, often sharing their habitat closely with the Red-winged Blackbird. During the breeding and nesting season the males are very territorial and spend much of their time perched on reed stalk and displaying or chasing off intruders.

These birds migrate in the winter to the southwestern United States and Mexico. They often migrate in huge flocks with other species of birds.

These birds forage in the marsh, in fields or on the ground; they sometimes catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds and insects. Outside of the nesting period, they often feed in flocks, often with other blackbirds.

This bird's song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-02-19 7:40]

Hi Rick,
This is a nice shot from your archives: this shot of a Yellow-headed Blackbird is sharp, well coloured with difference shades in the black plumage, has a fine Bg and is well composed. Nice pose too!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hey Rick.

Good timing here getting the ruffled and crouched. I like the detail you've got even in the blacks. Nice work on the background however I feel composition could be improved by increasing space below the bird a tad.
Cheers, TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-19 8:18]

Hi Rick,
never seen one of those in my neck of the woods, so this is very interesting to see.
Well captured, the POV is excellent and shows of the details of the bird very well. Nice sharpness and the colors are wonderful. Very well composed, the OOF BG shows of your bird very well.

Hello Rick
Excellent shot of Yellow-headed Blackbird,
Great sharoness and colors,Welldone.


Hi Rick,
a very nice picture of a beautiful bird as I never seen before. The compostion and POV are very good.
On my monitor the picture is a bit dull and slightly soft.
I know these day we all use different monitors so this could be great on others. I did a WS to show what looks best on my big CRT-monitor.
Well done.

hi rick,
beautiful shot,
nicely composed, well saturated colours, fine pov, lovely bg,good pode captured,
tfs & regards

Hello Rick,
I love those guys that I don't see here. Their colors are very impressive and this is a very good capture of him. I like its pose, details, exposure and this beautiful BG. This is very well done with interesting notes. Thanks,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-02-19 10:08]

Hello Rick,
Great capture of this beautiful Blackbird with nicely ruffled feathers. I like his pose and he stands out nicely from the plain background.
Very nice composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Nice shot Rick. I used to see many of these here in Calgary, but over the last few years I haven't been able to find one. Image here seems a tad soft, good color.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-19 11:06]

Hi Rick,

Nice capture of the Blackbird. He looks great all fluffed up. Nice sharp details and colors.



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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-02-19 11:34]

hello Rick,
a very nice picture of a beautiful bird,
best wishes, marcin

Hi Rick,
Beautiful capture!
I like this strange bird!
Good composition, detais and colors!
Regards and TFS,

Hi Rick,

Nice colors and DOF ont this picture. This bird makes different as of ours.


Hi Rick,
Great capture! I really like the colours and sharp details on this shot. Nicely composed :D !
TFS and have a nice week!

Are you sure that bird is singing? This guy doesn't look like a bass nor tenor nor anything in between!!!

Looks more like a huffer-puffer!

Great compo! Beautiful detail! Tfs, J.

PS Seeing this reminds us SPRING IS NEAR!!!
< It's blizzarding here; whiteout! > Brrrrr

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-19 21:14]

Hello Rick

Nicely captured.We don't have those here so it looks very exotic to me.Very good DOF and with excellent detail in the plumage.Nicely saturated colours against a lovely OOF BG.TFS


Hi Rick

Nice timing to get the fluffed up plumage while in shake mode! Lovely exposure as the details in the black are clear. Nice work and a lovely model. :-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-20 2:50]

Really good shot. The background is excellent - nothing to distract the eye. The ruffled feathers make the shot. Well done. James

hello rick!
beautiful picture on this
very fine bird
sharp with nice pov and
good composition
well done!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-02-20 7:06]

Hi Rick,

great pose and details, i never heard of these birds, let alone seen one. Lovely stuff as always Rick.



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-21 23:30]

Striking color contrast on this bird, Rick.
The bright yellow and the black together are stunning.
Good range of values visible in the black plumage.
I like the pose of the bird.
TFS. : )

Bel oiseau très spectaculaire.
Bonne journée.

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