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Red-winged Blackbird (female) by KatMagic Photography

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Featured in: Toronto: The Birds (Mar., 2011)
Redbubble Featured Photography (Sept., 2012)

Now that March is upon us, it won’t be too long now until the Red-Winged Blackbirds start to arrive…My posted photo is a female – the males arrive from their wintering areas, often as early as mid-March, a week or so ahead of the females in order to scout out territories.

What follows in the days after those boys arrive involves an intricate strategy used to defend a chosen territory from rivals … because a large and productive territory – combined with flashy red shoulders and a rich voice will woo all the pretty girls… once a male has selected his mate, that lucky girl will start to work in weaving their nest amidst the cattails.

That first Red-Winged Blackbird’s short, raspy song is always a delight as …spring will soon be here!

Sony Alpha 350
Minolta – AF 200 f2.8 G APO HS Lens
(2X Minolta Maxxum Teleconverter)

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red winged blackbird

© KatMagic Photography 2012
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  • Pat Moore
    Pat Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful Capture!!!

  • Anja K. Kannell
    Anja K. Kannellalmost 4 years ago


  • Rares Dutu
    Rares Dutualmost 4 years ago

    Lovely bird :)

  • OpalFire
    OpalFirealmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, Katherine! The detail is so fine and clear.

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot and detail on this bird!

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely detail on this lil birdie!


    WOBBLYMOLalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful image, outstanding work

  • Aimelle
    Aimellealmost 4 years ago

    beautiful capture and great details ! Kat. I also enjoyed a lot reading the interesting description :)

  • Jessica Dzupina
    Jessica Dzupinaalmost 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous rendering!

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaalmost 4 years ago

    Oh what a fabulous capture Kat. I viewed this large as it is so outstanding, the detail in the feathers and the pose is unbelievable. Instant fav’ for sure:)Cat

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