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The gas pumps’ attendant’s dark acolyte

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A grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) on September 9th in Austin (which I’m still far away from).

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 1, 2016 at 4:56 AM

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  1. Looks as though it has emerged from an oil bath.


    November 1, 2016 at 5:23 AM

    • After being out in the Texas heat for hours I’ve sometimes felt like I’ve emerged from an oil bath.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2016 at 9:14 AM

  2. Quoth the Grackle, “Pump some more.”


    November 1, 2016 at 6:24 AM

  3. “Some more, some more…” Your grackles have short tails? This is an exquisite portrait.


    November 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

  4. What a great shot, Steve! This one looks perfectly groomed. Ours are way more scraggly.


    November 1, 2016 at 8:53 AM

  5. Wonderful photo!

    Maria Gianna Iannucci

    November 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM

  6. Fabulous shot!


    November 1, 2016 at 10:57 AM

  7. I love how iridescent their feathers are – these guys can wipe out a feeder!!!


    November 1, 2016 at 4:48 PM

  8. Does that grackle cackle? Ours are a bit slimmer with longer tails and a bit more iridescence.

    Steve Gingold

    November 2, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    • Rather than grackle cackle I’d say it’s more a matter of chatter.

      The grackles in Austin usually have longer tails than this one did.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 2, 2016 at 8:16 PM

  9. You should have seen them at our local HEB last night. There were many thousands: on the wires; on the building; on top of every car; marching in formation through the parking lot. When I came out after making a small purchase — in only ten minutes or so — every bird was gone. Poof!


    November 2, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    • It’s been years since I saw as dense a gathering of grackles as you describe. Now that you know where they gather, you can head over there one evening to photograph them in all their density and chatter. I used an external (and therefore more powerful) flash after daylight faded too much to take more pictures by natural light.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 2, 2016 at 8:20 PM

  10. Handsome .. Great shot Steve


    November 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM

  11. I love this photo, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    November 14, 2016 at 7:53 PM

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