Female Yellow-headed BlackbirdFemale Yellow-headed Blackbird – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Male Yellow-headed Blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) are flashy birds but I believe the females have a subtle beauty too.

I photographed this female perched on a Rabbitbrush on the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake. Her yellow might not be as bright as a male’s but the yellow tones she has are rich and combined very nicely with the cocoa brown of the rest of her plumage.


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