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Brewer's blackbird        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Brewer's blackbirds are extremely common birds in much of western North America, and are familiar breeders in cities and towns (sometimes too familiar, as they can become rather aggressive when defending nests against humans walking nearby).   These are males, with iridescent plumage and striking yellow eyes; females are a dull blackish-brown.   One was photographed in Bishop, California, and the others near Escondido, California.

  • Canon 10D or 1D4; 500mm f4 IS + 2 X converter or 800 mm IS lens + 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2011, 2012, 2013)