Brewer’s Blackbird (I Think)

Brewer's Blackbird, Santa Cruz, CaliforniaI believe this to be a female Brewer’s blackbird, but can’t be sure. Regardless, she had quite a scowl on her face as she stared me down from her perch in the vegetation above the oceanside cliffs in Santa Cruz, California.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 800, f/6.3 at 1/200th of a second

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  1. Sue August 28, 2017 at 1:11 am #

    Wonderful capture!

  2. michael huber August 28, 2017 at 1:24 am #

    looks like she was ready take on the world, because youwaqcthinf her eat. ? )

  3. Peter Butterfield August 28, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    —– Pod tough and crusty
    —– A seed of our tomorrow
    —– Calls for serious mien .

  4. Rachel Bellenoit August 28, 2017 at 10:10 am #

    I think you’re correct. The All About Birds at Cornell website is a great resource. It refers to Brewer’s as a gray brown bird with a thin white eyering. It’s the smallest of north American sparrows. Great capture. The feather detail is wonderful!

    • Sean Crane August 29, 2017 at 3:13 am #

      Thanks Rachel, yes, a photographer friend who lives in the area confirmed it as well. It’s hard sometimes with so many different bird species.

  5. Larry Ehemann August 28, 2017 at 11:42 am #

    Great photo Sean!!! Larry

  6. Amanda D August 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    Oooooooo don’t make her mad!!!! lol great shot!

  7. Angelina August 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    Now she’s a healthy one. . . great composition! Love the expression.

    • Sean Crane August 29, 2017 at 3:14 am #

      Thanks Angelina. Definitely looks well fed.

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