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Yellow-headed Blackbird ~ Male by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Marana, AZ 4-20-10 with a Canon Powershot SX10IS

This species appears to be related to meadowlarks. It nests only in freshwater marshes, where its long legs and large feet are ideal for walking on mud and floating vegetation; it also forages in open fields and feedlots with grackles and other black birds. Looking for insects,larvae,snails,grain, and seeds.

Highly gregarious this bird breeds in colonies and forms large flocks numbering in the thousands. Extremely territorial, the yellow-head will attack other birds and even humans who intrude on it’s territory.

Found in summer in cattails around lakes and ponds. Winters in agricultural fields and roosts in marshy borders of ponds and feedlots.

VOICE is an unmusically, raspy song beginning with a few loud, harsh notes and ends in a long, descending buzz resembling the sound of a chainsaw. Compared by some to resemble the robot in the Star Wars films R2D2. Call note is a hoarse croak.

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My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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Comments

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 4 years ago

    Amazing find. I have never seen one before. What a beautiful bird.

  • During the Spring in to the Summer than again the fall they migrate through. Noisy bunch they are, but to see hundreds in the fields is just a sight! They are a beautiful bird and fun to watch as the flock ~ thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 4 years ago

    Beautiful viewing!!

  • As always Anthony, thank you for stopping by darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jonice
    Joniceover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot. Never seen one of these before.

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    During the Spring in to the Summer than again the fall they migrate through. Noisy bunch they are, but to see hundreds in the fields is just a sight! They are a beautiful bird and fun to watch as they flock ~ thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture,Kimberly♥ AAHh spring and all the new life coming into being! :o)) God Bless,Mae

  • I am very stoked about Spring.. All the photo ops as well as the Sun! Thank you Ma’am so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Awesome detailed capture, and nicely documented Kimberly…Their voice is a nice added touch!!!

  • Thank you Larry!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 4 years ago

    He’s really beautiful! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Handsome as they are noisy! Many thanks ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfover 4 years ago

    Brilliant find and great image, Dave

  • They are all over the place here at this time. Thank you so very much my new friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Wolf Read
    Wolf Readover 4 years ago

    Great find and capture. A very beautiful bird.

  • Thank you so very much for your comment ant the time you took to visit my world!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous!! You sure have great luck finding these beauties!!

  • I just happen to turn around after taking capturing the ibises. There he was, so of course I had to “shoot” him..lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture!

  • I appreciate you support so much, thanks!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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