Halloween Common Grackle by KatMagic Photography

Featured in: The Birds (Nov., 2011)
Featured in: The BEST of RedBubble- High Quality Work Only (Nov., 2011)

I’m not a huge fan of Halloween.. never have been. The whole ghosts and witches theme… don’t get it. There’s a house near my home that decks their front lawn out like a cemetery the week prior to Halloween, don’t get it. Then there’s the whole getting-a-bag-full-of-candy-from-strangers thing and your parents having to go through it to ensure there is nothing in it that could harm you… uh…yup.. tons of fun.

So, this Common Grackle is the closest I can get to scary. I shot him in silhouette and added a bit of color to the background. A spirited member of the Blackbird family, and not one of the most beloved birds, Grackles are not known for their polite manners, beautiful looks nor melodic voice but are, indeed, known for their aggressive and cocky behavior – asserting their dominance at backyard birdfeeders bullying aside even the quarrelsome and feisty Blue Jays and House Sparrows. However, with his iridescent plumage (which appears all back from a distance), the male’s rather striking.

So, great ready for the really scary part because …. come November 1st, as the retailers are putting away the Halloween stuff …they’ll drag out the Christmas stuff and it all starts….

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    My sentiments exactly. What a marvellous shot of this Grackle, Kat. Although far from popular, they are one handsome bird.

  • Thanks, Mike, had a heck of a time getting this posted for some reason so I’m slow thanking you for the nice comment…

    – KatMagic Photography

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago
    magnificent capture
  • Thank you, Kathy.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 3 years ago

    This is a perfect bird for Halloween! I love the background here, it really sets off the deep tones in the bird! I am with you, I am not a real Halloween fan either. Too many opportunities for the freaks to come out at night! That’s a song isn’t it? I am now amusing myself. Back to your wonderful photo….There is such detail in this and I really do like what you have done with it!! A wonderful image, Katherine!! Have you packed yet? LOL.

  • Hi Kristi, was not sure about this bird photo but it seemed appropriate for Halloween and I’m so glad to read your comment that you liked it…maybe it’s in the same category as your post from yesterday that you felt you should take down….as for packing..wouldn’t that be just so much fun? Thank you again, as always, so much…

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Wow, this is a spectuclar bird shot! The color and detail are amazing, and although a common bird, each bird to me is a marvel of engineering and beauty! And he is a tad spooky! :-D
    Great focus, great clarity and great background color!

  • Hi Joanne, what a great comment and I’m pleased because, as I said to Kristi, I was not sure about this one.. thank you so much.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 3 years ago

    You are such a star Kat…this is awesome. xx

  • Wow, that’s quite the comment… thank you.. made my day! Thanks, Lyn.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • KathleenRinker
    KathleenRinkerover 3 years ago

    Great capture!!

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    Spectacular image, the colors, comp, love it all :-)

  • yolanda
    yolandaover 3 years ago

    Great shot for Halloween. We don’t celebrate it here in Australia but it is slowing catching on. My cousins in Canada though . .they go way out for Halloween . . even their dog gets a costume :-)

  • It’s a big deal here… houses all decorated, etc….Guess it’s fun for very little kids but still not a fave of mine. Thanks for stopping by.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 3 years ago

    Wow! I love this Kat! You have made the common beautiful! Brilliant work!

  • Thanks, Robin… really appreciate your opinion as I was unsure about this one.. thank you!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Yool
    Yoolover 3 years ago

    Stunning work Kat Halloween is not big here in the Netherlands (yet) and i too dont get it eather….:))

  • Well, it’s Halloween right now in Toronto … guess it’s fun for the kids..but not my cup of tea.. thank you for your comment….!

    – KatMagic Photography

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