Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbirds are very common in Colorado. They are permanent residents in most local parks, including Cherry Creek State Park, where I captured one of them while it was singing to attract a female. Spring is a great time for birds in Colorado, except when it gets very cold. It snowed today in Denver and the temperatures dropped below 40F, which is not abnormal for Colorado in April :)

Red-Winged Blackbird

NIKON D3S @ 420mm, ISO 800, 1/160, f/5.6

Hoping for a sunny day next week, so that I can get out and do some spring birding!

Captured with Nikon D3s and Nikon 300mm f/4.0 AF-S + 1.4x TC.


  1. 1) WebMonster
    April 24, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Do you “sing” to attract birds? :)

    Amasing picture!

    • April 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm

      WebMonster, no, but I wish I could :)))

      Thank you!

      • 1.1.1) WebMonster
        April 26, 2010 at 12:53 am

        Oh, I have just mis-read your post :) isntead of reading “while it was singing to attract a female. ” I read it as “while I was singing” :)

  2. 2) Dennis
    April 24, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Nice shot. This is my time seeing a Red-Winged Blackbird, it’s nice.

    Nasim, are there trade-offs when using a TC despite it can zoom in further?

    • April 25, 2010 at 11:41 pm

      Dennis, the biggest problem is loss of contrast and sharpness, especially with 2x teleconverters. I personally use 1.4x TCs 90% of the time, and occasionally use the 1.7x TC when I absolutely need the reach. 2x teleconverters are really made for fast telephotos, such as Nikon 300mm & 400mm f/2.8 and they perform very well on those lenses. The newly-released TC-20E III seems to work quite well with the 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II as well.

      • 2.1.1) Dennis
        April 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm

        Thanks for sharing, Nasim. Though I may not need more than 300mm for now, but definitely this TC will come in handy if I need the reach.

  3. 3) Robert Gomes
    July 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    The frustrating thing about shooting birds (hey, not that kind of shooting!) for me, with my telephoto lens is that they are still so small even though I am shooting with the Canon 55-250mm lens. You need to really get in close!


    • August 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

      Robert, it would be challenging to shoot birds at 250mm for sure – you might get some good results close to bird feeders. Otherwise, you would need at least 400mm to get relatively good shots of wild birds…

      By the way, your Flickr page is giving access denied error .

  4. 4) Robert Gomes
    August 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    Oh for sure… I am only shooting around my deck/bird feeder. Take a look at these mourning doves. Cute as anything.


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