Red-Winged Blackbirds With Setting Sun

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.

Red-winged Blackbirds

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.

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Female Red-winged Blackbird

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.

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Red-Winged Blackbird Flocks at Blackwater NWR

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.

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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.

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Paw print in snow, Canon EOS 1D MkIII, EF 24-105m f/4 @ 105mm, (~135mm with 1.3X crop factor of 1D MkIII sensor)  1/100 sec, f/22, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, +1 Exposure Compensation

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Eagle w/Red-winged blackbird, Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 zoom @ 1023mm with 1.6X crop factor of 7D sensor), 1/2500 sec, f/8, ISO 400.bwr eagles_MG_2688 2

ICE Sunrise,  Canon 20D, Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 zoom @ 300mm (480mm with 1.6 crop factor of 20D sensor), 1/3200 sec @ f/8, ISO 400, aperture priority, -0.76 exposure compensation.bwr ice subrise_MG_4097

Ice sunset, Canon EOS 1D MkIII, EF 17-40m f/4 @ 17mm, (~22mm with 1.3X crop factor of 1D MkIII  sensor)   1/8 sec, f/20, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, +0.67 Exposure Compensationbwr lndscp_80I0378

Canon 20D, Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 zoom @ 800mm (1280mm with 1.6 crop factor of 20D sensor), 1/160 sec @ f/8, ISO 400, aperture priority, -0.67 exposure compensation.bwr red wing blkbrds_MG_4309

Ice Sunset, Canon 1D MkIII, EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM, 520mm (896 with 1.3 crop factor of 1D MkIII sensor), @ f/9, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, -1 exposure compensation.bwr sunset ice_80I0180

Eagle w/Red-winged blackbird, Canon EOS1D MkIII, Canon 400mm DO f/4 (520mm with 1.3X crop factor of 1D MkIII sensor), 1/1000 sec, f/9, ISO 400, Aperture Priority, -1 exposure compensationEagle BWR 07 380I5033c hs

Red-winged blackbirds flying by the snag at sunset.Eagles BWR 07_Y9F9007

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