Posted on March 25, 2020
This image is a little different from a previous post as it is Red-winged Blackbirds flying out in the early evening against a setting sun. Image shot at 800mm.
Posted on February 25, 2016
It is fun to see the large flocks of Red-winged blackbirds flying around the Blackwater National Wildlife in the Winter months. Sometimes it looks like a moving dark cloud oscillating around the refuge. In a previous blog I had a 7 shot panorama of thousands of Red-winged blackbirds flying along one of the main access roads to the refuge. Every once in a while you see an eagle picking out one for a meal.
Posted on September 6, 2014
On our trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, we saw large flocks of Female Red-winged Blackbirds in the plants along the Wildlife Drive. They are usually always here, but hard to photograph because as soon as you slow down they fly off. This trip I actually got quite a few shots of them, more than any other trip through the refuge.
Posted on December 11, 2013
In the colder months there are huge flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds flying through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge Maryland. The number of Bald Eagles increase also during the colder months to approximately 150. When the water freezes over the Eagles sometimes are seen taking Red-winged Blackbirds or Canada Geese for their meals. Here are some photos of the flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds flying through the refuge and also photos of Eagles guarding their lunch.
Canon 20D, Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 zoom @ 731mm (1170mm with 1.6 crop factor of 20D sensor), 1/2000 sec @ f/8, ISO 400, aperture priority, -0.33 exposure compensation.
Canon 7D, EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4x teleconverter, 560mm (896mm with 1.6 crop factor of 7D sensor), @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, -0.33 exposure compensation.