Red-winged Blackbird and Great Blue Heron chick update

I have to show you this Red-winged Blackbird, (Agelaius phoeniceus), image that I captured a few days ago at Middle Concho Park.  Usually they are off in the reeds making noise and not showing themselves enough to make a nice image.  However, this one I spotted when I was driving along the shore of the Concho River, (on the grass, of course).  He was fluttering around and lit on a small branch sticking out of the water.  Only a few feet away I managed this composition.

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird.  1/2000 sec.@ f5.6, +0,7EV, ISO 1600.  Noise eliminated with Topaz DeNoise.  Canon EOS 7D and 100-400mm lens.

I drove downtown to check on the Great Blue Heron nest.  As you may remember I mentioned it in a previous post that there were four chicks alive and well.  Well, they are growing well and being well fed by their doting mother who continually dips into the nearby Concho River for some fish.  Exposure was again made with my Canon EOS 7D and 100-400mm lens.  1/3000 sec. @ f5.6, +0.3, ISO 640.

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