Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Grackle No. 1 of 2009


COMMON GRACKLE, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, APRIL 12, 2009

Pentax *ist DS
Sigma APO 135-400 at 400mm
1/90 sec. f9.5
ISO 400

The grackle, a member of the icterid family (blackbirds and orioles), is a thief and a bully, chasing other birds from the feeder and out of the birdbath. Its shimmering, iridescent blue headfeathers (impossible to capture in a single photograph) can be beautiful in the sun, however, and those piercing yellow eyes are right out of Edgar Allan Poe.

1 comment:

Robyn said...

It may be a theif and bully - but it has beautiful colouring. And you've caught it beautifully :)