Red-winged Blackbird and a Midge

Red-winged Blackbird and a MidgeRed-winged Blackbird and a Midge – Nikon D810, f9, 1/1000, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited or set up

This male Red-winged Blackbird was photographed yesterday at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. There are tons of Red-winged Blackbirds in the area right now but this was the only one that allowed a close enough approach where I could photograph it, the rest were very skittish. I was tickled to see the flying midge in the image because I hadn’t noticed it when I was taking the photos.

I am a little frustrated this morning because my computer automatically updated to Windows 8.1 and it took almost an hour and a half just to be able to work on a post so I am keeping this short. I suppose the next time I boot up my lap top I am going to have to go through the whole process again with it. Grumble.

Even when I am frustrated life is good. Sorta.



  1. Jane Chesebrough October 16, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Great pose and glint in the eye. Oh how I love computers and oh how I love to hate them!

  2. Utahbooklover October 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    One of my favorites too when I visit the Bear River Bird Refuge. Nice image! Those automatic updates are a thing of the past since I switched to an iPad 2.

  3. Jolanta October 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful bird and great photo, thanks!

  4. SkyHawker4 October 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Love em too! But in recent years have not shown up at the feeders. SIGH!

  5. Patty Chadwick October 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I love these birds…they are true harbingers of spring for me…usually arrive in a big, noisy mixed flock of loudly chattering black birds…raid our feeders for a few days then disperse…the redwingeds to the nearby wet lands, especially those with cattails.

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