Female Red-Winged Blackbirds (Two Photographs)
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I have seen male red-winged blackbirds in groups (they can be feisty) but never more than one female at a time. Like female cardinals they are elusive and very skittish. So when I saw a pair on the same tree, I had to have the shot. The light was not at its best and leaves were blown by the wind and covered part of the birds. Given the circumstances I was not surprised the photo needed careful contrast adjustments, as the original had a flat cloudy touch. Often when shooting two subjects under these circumstances the light is different for each of them, and I had to change the exposure on the bottom bird to balance the photograph. Just so you can see the difference between the male and female blackbirds, I’ve included a photo of a male red-winged black bird.