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Yellow-headed blackbird        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The well-named yellow-headed blackbird is the largest and most brightly-colored of the North American blackbirds.   It's a marsh dweller, breeding in noisy colonies across much of the central and western portions of the continent.  The displaying adult males were in the early stages of nesting at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside, California.  The fledgling bird at the bottom of the page, just out of its nest, was photographed at Oak Hammock Marsh near Winnipeg, Manitoba in early July.   The adult male carrying the body of a dragonfly was at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside.

  • fledgling: Canon EOS1V, 500 mm f4 IS + 2X converter, Elite Chrome Extra Color, electronic flash (2003)
  • others: Canon 10D, 7D, or 1D4; 500 mm f4 IS + 1.4x or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens, fill-in flash (2004, 2005, 2010, 2012)