Fluffed up Male Brewer’s Blackbird at Farmington Bay

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Fluffed up male Brewer's BlackbirdFluffed up male Brewer’s Blackbird – Nikon D810, f10, 1/800, ISO 320, -1.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last night I spent some time looking through images I had taken last February to make mental notes of what I had seen then to figure out what I might see this month in the various locations I go to find and photograph birds. I came across several images of this male Brewer’s Blackbird I had photographed last February and I realized I haven’t seen them since last fall. Brewer’s Blackbirds are year round residents in Utah but I just don’t see much of them in the winter.

This Brewer’s Blackbird male was with several other males on some weathered wooden pallets next to the road when he shook and fluffed up his feathers. I like that I can see the blue, green and purple iridescence in his dark plumage, they are much more than just “plain black birds” when you look close enough. The setting might not be very natural looking because of the slats of the pallet but I am okay with it, the blackbird certainly was.

I was only able to take a few images of the Brewer’s Blackbirds that day because a nearby Prairie Falcon spooked them and they took off.

Predicted weather 12 through 19 February 2017

Predicted weather 12 through 19 February 2017

It looks like there might be some sunshine the next few days, it has been a long, long time since I have seen this much sunshine in a weather forecast! I am excited about it and hope that I can find some birds to photograph while the weather conditions are favorable and the chance for good light is better than it has been for the last few weeks (months actually).

Life is good.



  1. Rob February 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I just saw this great article about you on the Audubon website along with a picture that you took of Short-eared owls. Great shot and a nice shout out. I was surprised that they didn’t give you a link to your website, though.

  2. Utahbooklover February 12, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Great image! The sun is nice alright, and in combination with the clean air it’s simply wonderful!

  3. Patty Chadwick February 12, 2017 at 11:51 am

    That bird is almost a perfect ball…with a head and tail stuck on…love the iridescence…

  4. Azstu February 12, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Great Images and Story.! I like Brewer’s Blackbirds.

  5. Bob McPherson February 12, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Beautiful images, Mia.

  6. Liz Cormack February 12, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Wow, beautiful bird. Love the white eye.

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