Yellow-headed Blackbirds

The end of the year is here, so I think I will show you some posts of photos from earlier in the year.  I don’t think you have seen these shots of the Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus).  I photographed the top two photos down at the water-treatment ponds at Eldorado, Texas, back in April.  They were wandering along the shoreline of one of the ponds.  The third (bottom) image was captured in September of 2008 at San Angelo State Park, atop a mesquite tree.

Western Texas is on their migratory path.  I saw my first one many years ago, when it landed on our back-yard fence.  Another time we saw one sitting on the roof of the kiosk at the entry to Big Bend National Park  The females, are somewhat non-descript and only about half the size of the male.

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yelllow-headed Blackbird

Pertinent photo information:

Photo 1.  Canon 7D with 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter.  1/1000 sec. @ f11, -0.3 EV, ISO 640.  Aperture priority.

Photo 2.  Canon 7D with 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter.  1/1000 sec. @f11, ISO 800.  Aperture priority

Photo 3.  Canon 40D with 100-400mm zoom lens.  1/5000 sec. @ f5.6, ISO 400. Aperture priority.

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