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Featured in “The Birds” January 2011
Featured in “Nature Photography Challenge” February 2011
Featured in “Alphabet Soup” June 2011
Featured in “Songbirds of North America” December 2011

A Yellow-headed Blackbird on a reed looking for insects. Photographed at Summer Lake Wildlife Reserve, Oregon, USA.

The Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) is a medium-sized blackbird . The adult male is mainly black with a yellow head and breast and a pointed bill. The breeding habitat of the bird is cattail marshes in North America, mainly west of the Great Lakes. Their nest is built with and attached to marsh vegetation. The birds forage in the marsh reeds, in fields or on the ground and sometimes catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds and insects The bird is known for its song resembling the grating of a rusty hinge!

Canon 40D
1/640sec f9 ISO 200
ISO 500 + 1.4x converter

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    What a beauty! Gorgeous capture.

  • Thank you Bunny, very much appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 4 years ago

    Stunning capture Martin!

  • Thank you very much Joycee!

    – Martin Smart

  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 4 years ago

    Nature at it’s best, congrats Martin.

  • Thanks very much Macky, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Martin!!

  • Many thanks Marvin, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeously captured! Perfect contrast and framing!!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments Kimberly!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Martin!

  • Thank you very much Trish!

    – Martin Smart

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Martin.

  • Thank you very much Gabrielle!

    – Martin Smart

  • James Hall
    James Hallalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture and fantastic detail Martin

  • Thanks very much James, appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsalmost 4 years ago

    Well captured Martin, superb contrast with the yellow head…nice title too! ;-)

  • Thanks very much David, appreciate your kind comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47almost 4 years ago

    Very pretty bird.

  • Thanks very much Eeva!

    – Martin Smart

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