Red-winged Blackbird Video Portrait

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!

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  1. Fabulous!

    It reminds me of when I was a boy hiking floodplains and nearby rivers in southern Ontario in the springtime.

  2. This is one amazing video. I love it when the blackbird spreads its red wing patches. This video reminds me of spring, of which it is sadly no longer.

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