FEMALE RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN, GLENCOE, ILLINOIS, APRIL 17, 2014
Pentax 55-300 at 300mm
1/320 sec. f11
This weary specimen was hiding six feet away in the bushes from the ardent male that had been pursuing her in a high-speed dogfight around the Garden. Red-winged blackbirds often display what seems to be the avian world's most energetic form of courtship.