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Yellow Headed Blackbird by Ken McElroy

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Wetland gem calls and flits about the pond. Scarcely yards away a Trumpeter Swan sits patiently on its nest. We must save these treasure troves of the environment. Near Emigrant, Montana (USA).

Canon EOS-1D, Mark II, Canon 300 f/4 L IS, 1.4 extender, 1/250@ f/5.6 ISO 100 – handheld. Processed in Lightroom 2.2


3576 Views, 26 features, 56 Favorites on 10/1/14

Cover photo for State of Montana; 2013 Report to the Legislature

“Yellow Headed Blackbird”


  1. Dimensions
  2. Montana, The Treasure State
  3. All Countries – Wetlands, Ponds, Lakes & Rivers
  4. Americas; Rural, Urban, Wild & Free
  5. You’re Accepted
  6. Live and Let Live
  7. All Animals Great and Small
  8. Canon L Lenses
  9. Great Plains of North America
  10. Bird Photography (D SLR Only)
  11. The Scavenger Hunt
  12. Image Writing
  13. Art and Photography
  14. Superbly Visual
  15. Tuesday Afternoon
  16. Miniatures and Mammoths
  17. Closeups in Nature
  18. Amazing Wildlife
  19. High Quality Images
  20. Animals + Wild Bird Photography
  21. This, That and the Other Thing
  22. The Group
  23. Absolute Clarity
  24. The Wonder of Wings


3rd Generation Montanan, raised with a camera in hand, matriculated at U of M (GRIZ) with degrees in History and Creative Writing. Amassing Canon gear to enjoy in my retirement. I spend whatever time I can in Yellowstone and various other Montana wild venues.

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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    What a beauty well seen and caught..gina

  • Thanks Virginia – it was a moment worth capture

    – Ken McElroy

  • TsipiLevin
    TsipiLevinover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 5 years ago

    Oh Ken , this is a jewel. Wonderful shot and great depth of field. The contrast of the bird to the environment is inviting to the viewer.

  • Thanks, Gisela – had a great time pursuing just the right pose.

    – Ken McElroy

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Ken! Great pose and Great DOF! I agree… we need to save lots of animals.

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    It is a beautiful image Ken! Wonderful selective shallow DOF and the colours are soft and very pretty! Perfect composure using the rule of thirds, it is a lovely photograph!

    Congratulations on your feature in All Countries ~ Wetlands, Ponds, Lakes and Rivers

  • Thank you so much Sharon – and many thanks for the feature – took that to get folks looking at it.

    – Ken McElroy

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • 1stAngel
    1stAngelover 5 years ago


  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous colors of bird with the backdrop of white.

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A beautiful capture!!!!!!

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    Aloha Ken, ’Ae, features do help attract attention to your beautiful photographs.
    Here is another for you, congratulations on your feature in Montana ~ The Treasure State

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