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Great-tailed Grackle


Posted by Cindy Marple on Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:45 pm

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Great-tailed Grackle female
Gilbert, Arizona
Nikon D500, 500mm f/5.6 PF, 1/2000, f/7.1, ISO800

Not my favorite bird nor one I photograph very often. (noisy, obnoxious, and not colorful!)  Nesting females took advantage of an easy supply of tiny mosquito fish to feed their nestlings for a few weeks this summer.  They were remarkably successful fisher-birds, coming up with one on nearly every attempt.  

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by Karl Egressy on Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:49 pm
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Excellent incoming flight shot, Cindy. The fish in the beak is a big bonus. I did not know that they were into fishing.
 

by peter makuch on Thu Sep 16, 2021 8:44 pm
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nice one with the fish in the beak and the water droplet above the wing, on my monitor it's a bit on the dark side, you lost all the details CINDY.
 

by John Meade on Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:24 pm
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Karl Egressy wrote:
Excellent incoming flight shot, Cindy. The fish in the beak is a big bonus. I did not know that they were into fishing.




My thoughts also. Very unique photo. 
 

by david fletcher on Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:00 am
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Karl Egressy wrote:
Excellent incoming flight shot, Cindy. The fish in the beak is a big bonus. I did not know that they were into fishing.


+1.  Great opportunity taken Cindy.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:49 am
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What a surprise to see this! I guess they are smart and opportunistic! Well seen.
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by Carol Clarke on Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:45 am
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Fascinating capture of their fishing behaviour, Cindy. As already said, I did not know they did this! Well spotted and a perfect angle to get such a good shot to prove it.

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by ADKShooter on Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:33 pm
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Very nice angle to see the fish on the Grackle's incoming flight. Great looking background as well.
 

by Axel Hildebrandt on Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:45 pm
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Cool to see one as wannabe Tern. :) Great BG colors, too.
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