Autumn Male Brewer’s Blackbird shaking after preening

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Male Brewer's Blackbird shaking after preening, Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Davis County, UtahMale Brewer’s Blackbird shaking after preening – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/3200, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It was a slow morning at Farmington Bay WMA yesterday bird wise, I was able to photograph a few blackbirds, starlings and a Great Blue Heron that was way too close when it lifted off but other than those birds everything else was too far away or too skittish.

One of the male Brewer’s Blackbirds had been preening on a fence post when he started to shake his feathers and that action sure showed his iridescent plumage off nicely. I can see the purples, greens and some blues in his feathers because of the angle of light. The blue color in the background is the surface of a pond and the brownish tones at the top of the frame are some out of focus leaves and grasses.

Nothing fancy, just a bird doing what comes naturally to birds.

Life is good.



  1. sue Johnson October 19, 2018 at 9:52 am

    all sleekness and shine on top, and fluffy feathers below. Really interesting detail that will cause me to look more closely at these “common” birds that I see daily.
    Thanks, Mia!

  2. Elephants Child October 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    It may be ordinary to them, but it is still extraordinary. And beautiful.

  3. LSClem October 18, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I love the feather detail on the stomach & the iridescence on the head …it looks like a piece of sculpture … beautiful!

  4. Liz Cormack October 18, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Great action shot! Beautiful colours.

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