We had our first significant winter storm leaving about 8 inches of wet, heavy snow. We have experienced several cold spells, lots of rain but little snow until now. This was the first time I had to shovel a path to the road. I was expecting an Amazon delivery later in the day. A lot of birds showed up at the bird feeder. This was the first time that Red-winged Blackbirds visited. The females look a lot different than the males — but turned out to be more aggressive than the regular visitors. Later in the afternoon, the sky was filled with soaring Turkey Vultures.
Individual images in the slide shows can be viewed here.
Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip. Day 4: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Red-Winged Black Bird on a Perch Above a Large Spider Web. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7 (including conversion to B&W with one color).
South Texas Birding Photo Safari with Jason Odell Day 1.
Female Red-Winged Blackbird with a Green Caterpillar for Breakfast and Reflection at Dos Vandas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 450, 500 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec).