Great Kiskadee and Red-winged Blackbird
© Roy Priest
April 25, 2011
A Great Kiskadee gives a Red-winged Blackbird an earful over a disputed perch.
Reader Roy Priest of Cloverdale, British Columbia, shot the photo in January 2011 during a photography workshop led by frequent contributor Alan Murphy
. The workshop was held near Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in south Texas.
Alan had set up a feeder in hopes that it would keep Red-winged Blackbirds busy and away from the birds that the photographers were interested in: kiskadees, hummingbirds, thrashers, Green Jays, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, and other birds. But one Red-wing had other ideas. It landed on a perch that the kiskadee occupied. Roy only had time to fire off seven frames before the larger kiskadee routed the blackbird. He used a Nikon D3 and a 500mm f/4 lens.
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