Red-winged Blackbird


The arrival of Red-winged Blackbirds is a sign of pending spring; They have now been observed in Nelson over the last week. Twice I have tried to get shots of them, but they tended to hide in the brush. The male’s spectacularly bubbly song reveals them, but pictures amongst the brush proved difficult. Today was no different — except for one spectacular flight in my direction. 

When flying off some brush, a Red-winged Blackbird happened to fly towards me.


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14 Responses to Red-winged Blackbird

  1. Joan Arnott says:


  2. colleen says:

    WOW! That is a keeper!

  3. Jennifer Young says:

    Wonderful shot. Patience must have paid off.

  4. Sarah says:

    That photo is sharp as a tack. Wow!

  5. Karen Pidcock says:

    What a flight shot! Amazing…thanks!

  6. Claire Anderson says:

    Now he’s a handsome fellow.

  7. Stephen says:

    The variation in the color in this is really surprising and beautiful. Usually they’re moving too much to get a sense of that. Gorgeous!

  8. Shirleen says:

    Okay, I give up! How did you manage to get it in focus as it was coming toward you?? Great shot of a beloved bird.

  9. Gail Frampton says:

    Amazing photo Alistair!!

  10. Allan Hobden says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH GREAT PIC!..take the skill congrats! WOW!!

  11. You brightened an already bright morning, Alistair. Lovely iridescence, captured on the wing.

  12. Susan says:

    Such a beautiful shot!
    Thank you

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