Male Brewer’s Blackbird Portrait

Male Brewer's Blackbird PortraitMale Brewer’s Blackbird Portrait – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I saw a flock of Brewer’s Blackbirds yesterday at Farmington Bay WMA, there were a few females but most of the flock consisted of males. I was able to take this male Brewer’s Blackbird portrait as it perched next to the road that shows the iridescent colors in his plumage quite nicely. I think he only allowed such a close approach because I was in a vehicle using it as a mobile blind.

The flock of Brewer’s Blackbirds I saw and photographed yesterday seemed as if they were on alert and that could have been because there was a Prairie Falcon perched on a pole not too far from the blackbirds. One second I was photographing them and in a split second they all lifted off and flew further away.

Brewer’s Blackbirds are year round residents in Utah but I don’t seem to see them as much in the middle of winter as I do other times of the year and that might occur because I am usually not photographing birds in the specific habitat that the Brewer’s use during the coldest months of the year.

Life is good.



  1. Robert Draper February 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Mia…..thanks for showing us that common birdies are uncommonly beautiful.

  2. Elephant's Child February 20, 2016 at 11:46 am

    When I saw your post title I had a very different ‘brewer’ in mind.
    This one is much, much more photogenic. And, to my eyes, more beautiful too.

  3. Liz Cormack February 20, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Love your portraits!

  4. Patty Chadwick February 20, 2016 at 7:44 am

    The feather detail in this portrait is very interesting…to my naked eye, this detail is pretty much lost…what I see is just a yellow-eyed, black bird and miss the subtle details of its blackness….all visible here……beautiful!!!

  5. dave sparks February 20, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Beautiful portrait.

  6. pennypinchadventure Tim Traver February 20, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Love that eye!

  7. Bob McPherson February 20, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Wow, just an awesome image Mia. Those colors really pop.

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