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Female Yellow Headed Blackbird by Leslie van de Ligt

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Featured in Songbirds Of North America Group July 16, 2010

Well, imagine my surprise as I sifted through my photos and found this one lonely shot and realized I had got a good capture of the female Yellow Headed Blackbird. I got right excited. With fifty odd birds going a flutter everywhere around the feeder and the trees(I guess the were happy to be back) it was difficult to get any good lines for a decent captures. Here were all these wonderful birds and they were literally doing what I would call the bird dance. It was frustrating so I just kept clicking the button hoping I would luck out. Earlier today I found one or two of the male I liked but thought I had had no luck with the females and now here we go. A good shot of one female, She is lovely and I am happy as can be. I hope everyone enjoys the capture as much as I am. Taken on our acreage in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Canon Rebel XSI.

*Adult Description

Large songbird.

Female Description

Body dull black and brown.
Breast and throat pale yellow.
Yellow on neck, face, and above eye.
White streaking extending from yellow into brown lower chest.*


I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    beautiful capture sis, I have been doing the same thing, it’s a bird haven here too of late. WE even have Orioles and the Hummers are back, so I have lots of photos to show, if I ever get time before I have to go to the big A word!!

  • Thanks Sis. This was one very interesting shoot. I’m finally starting to get the hang of the bigger lens so what happens??? Absolute mayhem at the feeder. I have never seen the like before. Hugs Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 5 years ago

    Nicely captured Leslie. It almost looks like it blends in with the background. >>Ron

  • Thanks so much Ron. You are right about her blending in I count myself lucky I got this shot at all under the circumstances. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful bird………..awesome catch for sure Leslie!!! :))))

  • Thank you very much Rosie. She was a tricky one to catch up too. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    fabulous ,

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely photo

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningover 5 years ago

    beautiful! location for this one too?

  • I appreciate your comment and have added the location on this as well. Again thanks. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Cheri Bouvier-Johnson
    Cheri Bouvier-...over 5 years ago


  • Thank you very much Cheri. She sure gave me a run for my money to get this shot. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Leslie…nice work…inst fav

  • Thank you so very much Larry and for the fav as well.:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    I think it is a real treasure to be able to capture the female of any bird species. They are far more difficult to see and to identify!! Well done my friend. I have made this my goal this year to try and capture as many female birds as I have male species!

  • Thanks very much for this comment Blair. I apologize for the long delay in replying.:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks ever so much Lisa.Your comment is much appreciated. :>)) leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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