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Boat-tailed Grackle (male) in salt marsh sea wrack

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 9 May 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Nummy Island near Stone Harbor, New Jersey

" Boat-tailed Grackles are a strictly coastal species through most of their range; however, they live across much of the Florida peninsula, often well away from the immediate coast."

In 2013 (October 6-12), I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.

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Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

sssss superb

9 May 2015 9:02am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Magnifique, mais il est typiquement Américain celui-la.

9 May 2015 9:51am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

This bird had a lovely tones of blue

9 May 2015 9:57am

Devi from Chennai, India

Aw!!! She is a beauty.....Love this image:)

9 May 2015 11:29am

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

Sehr schön und interessant, Julie !

9 May 2015 1:59pm

Kent from Herrljunga, Sweden

Beautiful picture of the bird in its natural environment. Good captured

9 May 2015 2:26pm

michel creze from le havre, France

Belle attitude et beau reflet sur le plumage !

Nice attitude and beautiful reflection on the feathers!

9 May 2015 3:20pm

RoléroT from Loverval, Belgium


9 May 2015 3:27pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

Great looking dark feather bird that stands out superbly from the surroundings!

9 May 2015 11:15pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


10 May 2015 6:40am

jean pierre from paris, France

bel oiseau!! amitiés

10 May 2015 12:15pm

♡ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Très jolie prise de vue !

11 May 2015 11:25am

♡ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Superbe prise de vue ! très beau cet oiseau ...

20 May 2015 4:44pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très élégant !... )

21 May 2015 12:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Very sleek with lovely framing

21 May 2015 4:39pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Gorgeous detail and color that you've captured in this grackle!! He stands out nicely here!

21 May 2015 5:09pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, focus, DOF, colors & lighting!

24 May 2015 10:48am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I know people don't much like them, but they are pretty in the sun.

25 May 2015 2:51am

@B. Thomas: True, grackles aren't appreciated, especially when they are at your feeders! But, they are really pretty in the right light: