Perspectives on Nature Photography
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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
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with animal, Austin, bird, grackle, nature, Texas
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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.
November 1, 2016 at 9:14 AM
Quoth the Grackle, “Pump some more.”
November 1, 2016 at 6:24 AM
The pumps stop automatically. Not so easily the photographer (or the Poe-et).
November 1, 2016 at 9:17 AM
“Some more, some more…” Your grackles have short tails? This is an exquisite portrait.
November 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM
Normally the grackles in Austin do have long tails. I can’t explain why this one’s was so short.
Speaking of exquisite: the Surrealists played a game called “Le cadavre exquis”:
November 1, 2016 at 9:23 AM
well that is surrealists for you.
November 2, 2016 at 8:23 AM
What a great shot, Steve! This one looks perfectly groomed. Ours are way more scraggly.
November 1, 2016 at 8:53 AM
The grackles in Austin can look more scraggly, too. This one was obligingly well kempt.
November 1, 2016 at 9:27 AM
Did you have him groomed before the picture? 😉
November 1, 2016 at 9:54 AM
If you know how to catch and groom a grackle you’re a better man than I am.
November 1, 2016 at 9:55 AM
November 2, 2016 at 10:18 AM
Maria Gianna Iannucci
November 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM
Gracias to the grackle.
November 1, 2016 at 9:28 AM
November 1, 2016 at 10:57 AM
Maybe you’ll be inspired to design a grackle shoe.
November 1, 2016 at 11:24 AM
Like that idea, black and bluish feathers and a heel which looks like the birds feet, hmm….maybe…
November 1, 2016 at 4:03 PM
I love how iridescent their feathers are – these guys can wipe out a feeder!!!
November 1, 2016 at 4:48 PM
Yeah, they’re pretty resourceful about getting at food.
November 1, 2016 at 11:09 PM
Does that grackle cackle? Ours are a bit slimmer with longer tails and a bit more iridescence.
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.
November 2, 2016 at 8:16 PM
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.
November 2, 2016 at 8:20 PM
Handsome .. Great shot Steve
November 4, 2016 at 1:26 PM
The grackle salutes you in New Zealand.
November 5, 2016 at 11:51 PM
I love this photo, Steve!
November 14, 2016 at 7:53 PM
Thanks, Lavinia. I got gas there again this morning but didn’t notice any grackles.
November 14, 2016 at 10:11 PM
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