I photographed this Grackle while laying on my stomach about 10 minutes after sunrise, in the shade, while it was still quite dark out. With a slow shutter speed, ISO 800 and some patience, the bird came quite close. The Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula, is a large aggressive species of blackbird, with a stunning blue, purple, and bronze sheen in the right light. Usually this species looks solid black, but when the light hits them right, they explode with color. Grackles are one of the few songbirds that actually walk instead of hop.
April 24, 2010