Boat Tailed Grackle at Lacassine

Bonnie T.  Barry

Sunset, United States

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I took this photo of a boat tailed grackle at Lacassine Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Louisiana, USA, near the marsh. My camera was balanced on a bean bag as I sat in the back seat of my husband’s pickup truck. Amazingly, the grackle didn’t move! He stayed put for a while as I adjusted my settings, tried different things, and got several shots of him. The sun was in the west and shining gently on him, bathing his iridescent feathers and softly illuminating the blue tones that normally look jet black. All the while, Mr. Grackle was singing. I especially liked a sound he made that is quite indescribable, sort of like a cross between running a stick down a picket fence and shaking dice in a hollow container, with a glub glub gurgle to it. Sorry, but I’m really at a loss to describe it. I just know it was a wondrous moment for me.

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Nikon D300; Nikkor 500mm f4 lens; Nikkor 1.4 teleconverter; f9, 1/200s

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