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Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they’ve been slightly stretched. They’re taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens. They eat many crops (notably corn) and nearly anything else as well, including garbage. In flight their long tails trail behind them, sometimes folded down the middle into a shallow V shape. ref:

Location: Mud Lake, Ottawa, Ontario
Date: 2010-05-24
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO: 800
Shutter Priority: 1/640 sec.
Aperture: F/7.1
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L IS USM@400mm

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 4 years ago

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Hello Cee, many thx for your warm comment. It’s always nice to read you. cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Yannik Hay

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful plumage – Great capture!

  • Thanks so much dear Duncan, take care!

    – Yannik Hay

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Nice and also a little funny to see dinner in its beak :-)

  • Thank so much for your great comment! Yes I was lucky to cath him with dinner :) Greets!

    – Yannik Hay

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Great capture of this busy bird!

  • Thank you. It’s much appreciated.

    – Yannik Hay

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66over 4 years ago

    A Beautiful capture of this Lovely bird. love the colors here.

  • Thx for your kind comments!

    – Yannik Hay

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, they are so pretty when the sun hits their feathers

  • Thank you so much and have a great day!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Jens Helmstedt
    Jens Helmstedtover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Yannik!

  • Thank you so much and have a great day!

    – Yannik Hay

  • nysjoyce10
    nysjoyce10over 4 years ago

    LOL! I love your description about them looking like a slightly stretched out blackbird. I think we have 2 or 3 varieties of them in our yard. Don’t you just love his purple head! Great shot!

  • Lol, I just wrote what was written in the description from the author I wrote de reference of :)
    Thank you so much and have a great day!

    – Yannik Hay

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