Sometimes a pose just grabs me and this image is one of those.
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 640, Canon 7D Mark 2, Canon EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4 tc, canvas added for composition, not baited, set up or called in
Mixed flocks of Red-winged and Brewer’s Blackbirds have been hanging around Glover Pond in Farmington for weeks now. I photographed this male Brewer’s Blackbird the first week of November just as he was about to launch from a severely tilted post next to the pond, which is the background here. I like the rather unique pose, the implied energy of the impending take-off, the bonky and unexpected angles of both bird and post and the overall gray and black simplicity of the photo. Images like this often have limited appeal and at first I wasn’t sure about this one either but I kept coming back to it so I decided to go with the flow and post it.
Two days ago my friend Shyloh Robinson reported seeing a male Rusty Blackbird at almost exactly this same location. The Rusty is classified as an “accidental” in Utah, meaning it is not expected here and is out of its normal range. That species would be a lifer for me so you can bet that I’ll be keeping a sharp eye out (or at least as sharp as my old eye can get) on my next visit to the area.