Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Red-winged Blackbird singing in the High Meadow at VOA Park...

Tuesday morning I headed over to Voice of America Park to scout out the Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, and Savannah Sparrows. I was lucky on all accounts, but the first bird I photographed was a Red-winged Blackbird. He was singing and scolding from a tree he was vigorously defending...

A Red-winged Blackbird sings from a tree in the High Meadow at VOA Park in West Chester, Ohio. He sang and scolded nonstop...or at least until I walked past his territory.






Red-winged Blackbird singing in the High Meadow at VOA Park from Kelly Riccetti on Vimeo.

21 comments:

texwisgirl said...

he is gorgeous in his fervor!

Modesto Viegas said...

Great work. Well done!!!

Nicole MacP said...

Love 'em - what great expressions - you can almost hear the "harumph" in that second pic!

Montanagirl said...

These are just really gorgeous shots of a very pretty bird. I love their song.

Janice K said...

Those are some of the prettiest pictures I have seen of a Red Winged Blackbird. I saw some last year and tried to get some pictures, but they looked so rough and their red feathers didn't show up hardly at all. Maybe they needed a bath!

Ginger*:) said...

Exceptional !

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Birds just love to pose for you :) Outstanding, Kelly!

Tammie Lee said...

Kelly you are awesome at capturing clear details, these are gorgeous portraits!

Roy said...

Heh, heh! I walked through the Duck Ponds park on the way home from work today (pictures coming soon) and was being chk-chked and whistled at by a bunch of Red-wings who objected to my presence near their nests.

forgetmenot said...

AMAZING shots!!! I finally had one show up at my birdfeeder. I'm hoping he is a "brave one" and won't let the bluejays and grackles scare him off. Have a lovely weekend. Thanks for sharing your talents with us. Mickie :)

Debbie said...

gorgeous, just gorgeous. after my visits here i look at my pictures and aspire to do soooo much better!

these guys visit my backyard feeders and are lovely to watch!!!

Caitlin said...

I was dive-bombed twice last week by Red-Winged Blackbirds when I walked past "their" tree. Must be that time of year :)

grammie g said...

Hi Kelly...Love your photo ...he is a beauty!!
Some people don't like them, but when they are out here in the field and flying toward me with he red part flared ..wow!!!

Banjo52 said...

Note the black claw in #1 and #4. The definition is excellent in your shots--AND the, shall we say, character study of the bird. Like others, I like 'em, but they've also yelled at me and swooped at me.

Long lens? Tripod? Cropping? Really nice.

Elaine said...

Good thing you kept on walking! You were certainly invading his territory.

holdingmoments said...

I love the blaze of red on these birds Kelly. Good to see him in the video too.

Hilke Breder said...

Beautiful shots, Kelly. love the detail in the plumage, the eye... Great video too It really captures the bird's action. They can be very agressive around their nests. I recently observed a sandhill crane ducking to ward off an attack!

Carol Mattingly said...

Kelly, I have several red winged that eat at my bird feeder. They have such a distinctive song. Your images are beautiful. Have a wonderful holiday. The weather just might cooperate with us. Carol

Kelly said...

...heheee....thanks everyone! I think it's settled. These fellows are very good at protecting their nests. I just love them for all their action and noise!

...I used a new camera, the Nikon D7000. I always use my old D700, but caved and gave this new one a try. The video capability is awesome! (My usual setup otherwise: Nikon AF-S VR-Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G lens with a Nikon 2x teleconverter...all images are from hand-holding)

MjB said...

Ah, yes, the VOA High Meadow, where Butler County MetroParks grows all their Bradford Pears and Dogwoods! I visited there briefly last month and the state of the meadow left me feeling like I'd been punched in the stomach. Such is life, I guess.

Take care,
---Mike

Kelly said...

...I know...the Bradford Pears are taking over...it's so sad. I just posted on that with my Savannah Sparrow post. Who knows how long they will be around. Rick thinks I need to go activist on them to see if we can generate support to care for the meadow.