Mike Patterson  


Red-Winged Blackbird by Mike Patterson

July 2021 - Red-Winged Blackbird

About the Image(s)

I captured this image of a red-winged blackbird singing in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. I was using a Sigma 150-800 mm lens on a Canon 7D Mark II camera. Captured at 468mm, ISO 800, f/6.3 at 1/4000. Processed in Lightroom.


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4 comments posted




Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
Kudos for catching this guy with his puffed out chest and open beak! Personally, I've never seen another image like it and have never been zoomed in far enough to see it. The only suggestion I can make is to try to correct the green tint on his tail feathers.

I don't know if he's threatening another bird or trying to attract a mate, but this photo makes me smile.   Posted: 07/02/2021 01:50:58



John Zhu   John Zhu
What a cute bird! Like the composition, color, and focused bird with blureed background. Don't know if looks better to clean the branch the bird stands, remove the leafs and blur it a bit. Cool!   Posted: 07/07/2021 15:27:19



Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
What a great capture, your timing was exquisite! The open beak and puffed chest make the image special. The red shoulders are extraordinary, I don't believe I have ever seen a bird with them before. The focus and blurred background make the bird pop.   Posted: 07/08/2021 11:01:43



Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Great shot. I did not know that a Red-Winged Blackbird had those dashes of orange/yellow at the tip of the wing color.
I am very fond of this bird for a personal reason. When I was in high school, my good friend Richard, a birder, once pointed to one and asked me, "Steve, do you see that black bird with red wings?" I replied I did. "Do you know its name?" I replied that I did not. "It's called a Red-Winged Blackbird." What a set-up. But we remained friends.   Posted: 07/18/2021 22:29:19