Red-winged Blackbird!

Red-winged Blackbird in full display at Orlando Wetlands Scenic Park in Christmas, Florida, USA. Orlando Wetlands is a municipal wetlands…a series of settlement ponds that has been converted to a park primarily for birders…but being only about 30 minutes from Orlando, it also attracts joggers, walkers, cyclists, and folks just wanting to get outside for the morning. It offers great sky and water views, and, of course, great birds at relatively close distances. This Red-winged Blackbird was holding court in the top of a bush right beside the dike trail and I said to my Point and Shoot Nature Photography class, “too bad there is not another male around so we could see them display…” and, of course, another male flew in and we got to see this. You can see a bit of motion blur in the epaulettes and the neck feathers as the bird was literally vibrating with passion as it vocally assaulted its rival. Red-wings are famous for it! Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

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