Red-winged Blackbird Perched In Rabbitbrush Fluff

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Red-winged Blackbird male perched in RabbitbrushRed-winged Blackbird male perched in Rabbitbrush – Nikon D500, f8, 1/640, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It was clear yesterday morning and I just had to get out into the field after being cooped up for nearly a week and Antelope Island was beckoning. There was a cluster of Red-winged Blackbirds on the north tip of the island who actually hung around for a bit allowing me to take photos of them in the golden light that occurs just after the sun rises.

Several of the Red-winged Blackbirds were feeding on the fluffy rabbitbrush seeds next to a parking area including this male. Just a few weeks ago all of the rabbitbrush on the island was covered in bright yellow flowers and now it has all gone to seed.

It felt good to get out for a while yesterday and leave my worries behind just for a bit.

Life is good.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. Colleen Crank November 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Is that a juvenile/1st year male, or does the male acquire the brown scalloped edging during the winter?

  2. Linda Laugen November 3, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Female doesn’t look AT ALL like the male=???

  3. Elephant's Child November 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    The red-winged blackbird is the perfect accompaniment to that golden light.

  4. Patty Chadwick November 3, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Damned IPad doing its thing again…sorry!

  5. Patty Chadwick November 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Those seeds must be very small….the fluff looks like good nesting material…wonder how much will be leftover by spring….

  6. Patty Chadwick November 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Those seeds must be very small….the fluff looks like good nesting material…wonder how much will be leftover by spring….

  7. Kim November 3, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Pretty!

  8. Bob McPherson November 3, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Beautiful image, Mia.

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