©Richard Paul Weiblinger
March 23, 2009
Richard Weiblinger of Laurel, Maryland, photographed this Red-winged Blackbird just as it turned its head to the left and stretched its left wing, displaying its black primaries and secondaries and orange-red and yellow coverts. Its tail is partially covered.
Brown flecks on its back indicate that the bird is in its second year. Third-year males are all black, except for their colorful coverts.
The blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
was near Cambridge, Maryland, alongside a pond filled with Snow Geese in February 2009. Richard used a Nikon D300 and a 500mm Nikon lens with a 1.4x teleconverter.
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