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I always love to see your images.
The male certainly does look like a tricolored blackbird, which is surprising, since they are generally found in California--not in the Bay area, where I live or in southern California, but in the Central Valley. Apparently, tricoloreds are unlike RWBBs in that they nest in huge colonies of as many as 80,000 individuals. Diminishing wetlands have led them to nest in silage fields, where they risk being mowed down during harvest. According to the Fresno Bee, the drought is severely imperiling them and could land them on the endangered species list. See
I missed Tom's post while looking this up. I don't think anyone is claiming that the females might be tricoloreds, but it would be interesting to send the photo of the male to Audubon or Cornell for their opinion.
Thank you so much Nancy . I would be thrilled if it were a tircolored. I have gone back and looked at the original raw file , and while it does look white, it does not look as white as the tricolored. I really think it has something to do with the light, as it was a very bright no clouds type of day. I was so curious after these posts that I went out again yesterday . When I watched the males, it they turned a certain direction in the sun, the yellow part of the did appear white.
Beautiful pictures !!!!
Thank you very much NewCat
Mrs. RWBB gets the short shrift and after seeing your shots I can't understand why...very nice Roberta.
Thank you Eric . I find her much easier to expose than the male
Oh why. when I have never taken a good one, do you make it seem so easy -
I know - You are good -
Paul, you are very kind, thank you !
Good work Birdie. #2 is my fave. Lovely color in the environment on this one.
Thanks Ken do appreciate it. Glad you like them .
This is not just photography. This is true art. Beautiful shots, Roberta.
Oh Ed, you have made my day. Thank you kind sir
Yes indeed Birdie, I really do like the photos of the females, they are both so good in their own way that I can't pick one over the other. That said the flower on the bottom of 2 really does add to a beautiful composition. Well done, those are marvelous!
Thank you so very much Tim. You guys are so very kind.
Well done Roberta
Thank you very much Morris. I do appreciate it.
Gooood job Birdie.
Appreciate it Roger , thank you.
Very nice indeed Birdie, well done with these
David, do appreciate it so very much.
Birdie the white flowers are so pretty!
Lovely birds with such pretty flower backgrounds!
Thanks BB! I don't know what they are, but they grow wild in the marshy spillway . It has been so dry here, I was able to walk quite away into the area .
Wonderful, Birdie; you've managed to capture some plumage detail together with softness of the background florals. My favorite is #2...looks like the cover of a Mother's Day Card!
Oh, Greg, thank you for the kind words. I do appreciate it so very much .