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PIC OF THE WEEK: 03/18/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Red-winged Blackbird

(Agelaius phoeniceus)

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Rd.

Notes: I love the way this blackbird seems to be so focused on its Cattail perch. These birds are common inhabitants of marshes and wetlands. It seems where ever there are Cattails, there are Red-wings. This adult male's distinctive red shoulder patches, or "epaulets", become more visible when the bird is flying or displaying (SEE: PIC OF THE WEEK 06-21-10). While resting, only this pale yellow part of its wing patch is visible. This male is about seven inches long and has about a ten inch wing span. Red-winged Blackbirds are omnivorous. They feeds primarily on seeds from weeds and other plants, but about a quarter of their diet consists of insects and other such small animals. During the breeding season they eat even more insects such as dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, moths, and flies, but will also eat snails, small frogs, eggs, carrion, worms, spiders and mollusks. In season, they will also eat blueberries, blackberries, and other fruit. This species nests in loose colonies and the nest is often built in cattails, rushes, grasses, sedge, or in alder or willow bushes.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010 • Remote Shutter Release

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/800 second • Aperture = f-6.3 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 1600 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~10 Feet • Date Shot: 03-01-13

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