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Red-winged Blackbird Display

Image # 1D2_04684

Merritt Island NWR


Canon 600L/f4 IS with 2x II Teleconverter

ISO 1600, f/8, 1/1250 second

Manual Exposure

Gitzo 1329/ArcaSwiss B1/Wimberley Sidekick


Toward sunset, we set up at a nice open area at Merritt Island, hoping to get some flight shots as the light was pretty decent. There were only a few birds that gave us this opportunity, but this little Red-winged Blackbird put on quite a show for about 5 minutes or so. It would call loudly, as it displayed its colors, partially flapping its wings. The best light had already gone, but there was just enough to get several sequences.