while at the Botanical Gardens in Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada I noticed this guy sitting in a tree. I am not sure if he could fly yet but he wasn’t too steady on his feet.

Nikon D300s
Nikkor 200-400mm f/4
1/125 at f/6.3
ISO 320

featured in
The Birds June 5, 2011


common grackle, grackle, baby


  • labaker
    labakerabout 3 years ago


  • thank you Larry

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineabout 3 years ago

    I’ve never seen a baby grackle – he’ sure not the prettiest baby ever! Great shot of him ,Dave! Clear and sharp!

  • thank you Mary. I have never seen one myself before this

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanabout 3 years ago

    Great shot of this amazing chick!

  • thank you Shaun

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 3 years ago

    Marvellous capture, Dave. FIrst baby Grackle I’ve seen, in spite of the adults being so prolific.

  • thank you Mike

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic find and capture Dave. I believe this one has a face that only a mother could love!LOL XXSUEXX

  • thank you Sue. I have to agree with you. They aren’t the most beautiful bird when they are young

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    And a Grackle in a fir tree…. A big noise in the making, looking a bit ruffled, & maybe a bit bemused, but hey. Very nice catch (though if you REALLY caught it, what would you do with it?), & a great composition, Dave.

  • I was wondering what tree that was. There was a row of fir trees and there was a nest with younger Grackles in the tree beside it. They were a bit too covered to get a good shot

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • ps thanks Sheila

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 3 years ago

    Superb shot..

  • thank you Jason

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 3 years ago

    I wish we had grackles here…common or otherwise…..this ones a beautiful baby…great shot!

  • thank you

    – (Tallow) Dave Van de Laar

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 3 years ago

    June 6, 2011

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

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