Close up of Common Grackle

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedJune 10, 2018
TakenJune 10, 2018
MakeNikon
ModelCOOLPIX P900
Exposure1/80 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length89.2 mm
ISO400
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They are large birds and go through a lot of suet feeding their young. After their young are raised and ready to be on their own they normally leave the territory and fly somewhere else on their migratory journey:)...Grackles have no fear of the squirrels nor do they have patience as they dive down on them in their tactics to chase them off the feeder...Some of the squirrels take the hint and leave but others just shrug them off and keep on eating....The smaller birds wait their turn when the coast is clear and often times come later in the evenings when the Grackles are through with their duties. It seems to be the survival of the fittest where the wildlife is concerned to know who is in charge and who rules with authority.

Best View in Light box! Thank you!!!

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  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (10 Jun 2018):

    this grackle appears to be quite curious about what???

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (10 Jun 2018):

    A great close-up and pose against the beautiful background! I agree, it's a tough world out there for many of the smaller bird species and they learn quickly how to work around a lot of obstacles in order to survive.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (10 Jun 2018):

    great capture--love the evidence on his beak

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (10 Jun 2018):

    Thank you for your comments..Ronnie,the grackles with their yellow eyes get that curious expression in their face.... It was probably planning in its head how many more trips he'll have to make flying back and forth to feed their young...He had just taken a bite of suet here and pausing between the next bite before he flew off to the nest. It might haven hearing the beep of my camera too. It is admirable Heather, how the small birds work around obstacles to find ways to survive.

  • Gail Haberman

    Gail Haberman   gave props (10 Jun 2018):

    Great sense of size here. I really enjoyed the interesting narrative! It always adds so much.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (10 Jun 2018):

    a great portrait!

  • teresa B

    teresa B   gave props (12 Jun 2018):

    This is great!

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