Male Brewer’s Blackbird at Farmington Bay – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
There are plenty of Brewer’s Blackbirds at Farmington Bay WMA this time of the year. I’ve noticed that these blackbirds seem easily approachable during the autumn on cool mornings and two days ago that worked out well for me when I photographed this male Brewer’s Blackbird on a weathered fence post at next to Glover’s Pond at Farmington Bay.
Brewer’s Blackbird male during the fall – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I keep hoping I will see a rare Rusty Blackbird in among the flocks of Brewer’s Blackbirds and perhaps one day I will if I sit and scan through the flocks more carefully with my long lens.
I like the bright eyes of male Brewer’s Blackbirds and how well they stand out from the dark feathers that surround them and the shades of iridescence that show if the light angle is right.
Male Brewer’s Blackbird calling from a fence post – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
This male Brewer’s Blackbird called softly a few times as he perched on the old fence post in response (I believe) to other calling blackbirds perched in a tree nearby.
Brewer’s Blackbirds are year round residents in northern Utah and in the autumn they form large flocks that move through open field looking for seeds and fallen grain.
Life is good.