Brewer's Blackbird maleBrewer’s Blackbird male – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I photographed this pair of Brewer’s Blackbirds (Euphagus cyanocephalus) at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in northern Utah.¬† The males have primarily dark plumage and pale yellow eyes. In the right light dark blue, green, purple and gold iridescence can be visible. Far from just a “black bird”.

Brewer's Blackbird femaleBrewer’s Blackbird female – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/350, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The females may be considered “plain” but even they have a lovely greenish iridescence¬† on their coverts and rump when photographed at the right angle. I like their¬†dark eyes and subtle shades of brown in their plumage.

Brewer’s Blackbirds may not be the most well known of the Blackbird family; I am fairly certain that the Red-winged Blackbirds have that claim to fame, but they are beautiful and interesting subjects to photograph.

Mia