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Out shooting Great Blue Herons who were not in the mood to gather twigs for a nest, fly, or even move much.

Fortunately the local grackles were also nesting and a bit more active. This one is gathering nesting materials.

Grackles have feathers that appear black with purple, green or blue iridescence on the head, and primarily bronze shine in the body plumage.

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Arvada, CO
Sony a700
300 f/2.8+1.4TC
Feisol tripod, Jobu gimbal

Shot in RAW, processed in Adobe Lightroom & Nik Software Suite

ISO640, 1/320sec, f/5

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grackle, nesting, avian, colorado

I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some of the individual personality of each of the animals I photograph – to document not just a fox, for instance, but to show something of that specific fox, something unique about that individual animal.

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  • MischaC
    MischaCover 3 years ago

    Very cute shot, Jay.

  • Thanks Mischa

    – Jay Ryser

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyover 3 years ago

    It’s appropiate he’s on that swimming sign…lol Grackles here are so noisy in our state whenever your around them. They’re everywhere here, yet most people don’t notice they’re irredescent black and blue colors on the males..

  • When I lived in Texas, in the spring there seemed to be MILLIONS of them – the noise was deafening!

    – Jay Ryser

  • Steve  Taylor
    Steve Taylorover 3 years ago

    lol Great catch

  • Thanks Steve

    – Jay Ryser

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyover 3 years ago

    Cute, Jay!

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