Featured in Naturally Black or White on June 30th, 2011.
Featured in As Is Photography on June 30th, 2011.

A common grackle sits on a fence in Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

Canon EOS 50D
Focal length:300 mm
Exposure:1/250 at f/6.3
ISO: 1600
No post-processing

Common Grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) are a species of blackbird that look like they’ve been slightly stretched. They’re taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens. They eat many crops (notably corn) and nearly anything else as well, including garbage. In flight their long tails trail behind them, sometimes folded down the middle into a shallow V shape.

Prior to the European settlers’ arrival in America, the Common Grackle, a semicolonial species found in open areas with scattered trees, probably nested in cottonwood and sycamore groves along watercourses in the Midwest. But when forests were cleared to create agricultural land, the Common Grackle began to increase its numbers, such that now it is one of the most abundant breeding birds in North America. Today, the Common Grackle’s range continues to expand west, where it inhabits the trees planted in shelter belts.

I am an amateur photographer living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

I enjoy photographing the wonders of the world around me; whether that means capturing images of animals and wildlife, scenic natural landscapes, or man-made wonders.

I travel all over Canada in pursuit of this passion and my dream is to one day be able to do this full-time.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

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  • Thanx Ainsley :)

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    Marie Brown ©over 3 years ago


  • Thanx for the feature Marie :)

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  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous image, congratulations!

  • Thank you Glenn :)

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  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...over 3 years ago

    30th June 2011

  • Thanx for the feature Pamela :)

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