In early May of this year (2010), I was visiting my friend and fellow videographer Carl Gerhardt in Missouri. He lives at the top of a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, not far south of Columbia. In the nearby Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, I managed to snag a delicious video portrait of a male Red-winged Blackbird. I’ve always had trouble getting really good-looking footage of males doing their so-called “songspread” displays, but this particular bird performed spectacularly, bowing forward as he sang and puffing out his red epaulets (shoulder pads) with complete abandon.
Halleleujah—I think I’ll eat this scrumptious video for lunch!