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on Jun 16, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

On the other side of the road

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If you look to the north, you have the Osprey nest, look to the south and you have Yellow-headed Blackbirds. MT has always been a YHB producer for me and today was no different. During the nesting season before the nests are filled with eggs, the males just go nuts trying to attract a mate. Until you here their crazy call and see them perform, you just ain’t livin.

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Their show includes all sorts of body contortions when a female even gives them the slightest hint of attention (males just never learn). So on top of the thinnest, playable reeds in the marsh where the wind whips them around, they show off their moves all in the hopes of love.

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Keep in mind these are dirt common birds, there is nothing unique or special about them. No matter, we spent hours with them and in between ducking for cover from the thunderstorms, Jake & I made a couple thousand clicks in the darkish light. We think they just look cool! I ended up with lots of images I really like and didn’t have in the files previously so I’m a happy camper.

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film