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Challenge: Ordinary (Standard Editing)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO M.Zuiko Digital ED
Location: Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
Date: Nov 5, 2017
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Food and Drink, Birds
Date Uploaded: Nov 5, 2017

A Boat-Tailed Grackle (Quiscalus Major) proudly displays his hard won meal at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, USA.

Curious how well this one will do. It has a lot of motion blur in it from him moving all over and the slow shutter speed. So it is a little soft.

Also not sure if people will know that the Boat-Tailed Grackle is a very common bird that most dismiss and hardly photograph. I love the blue mixed in with the black but it takes the perfect light to really bring out their color.

Place: 9 out of 60
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Avg (commenters): 7.0000
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Avg (non-participants): 6.0435
Views since voting: 693
Views during voting: 103
Votes: 56
Comments: 6
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11/13/2017 08:28:48 AM
Really pleasing image. Congrats on your TT.
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11/13/2017 06:18:46 AM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that meets the challenge

Lovely capture Ronnie, justifiably well rewarded. I like the pose with the bird proudly displaying his hard won meal, I particularly like the two small pots of colour that are his eyes. I can imagine in the right light his plumage looks resplendent, there is a hint of it even here. The composition is good, in fact I donít really need to talk about technicalities do I, because youíve always got it well nailed. I would say its just about as ordinary as your excellent work could be, well done.
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11/13/2017 12:11:55 AM
I didn't know what the bird was called but we do have them up here. I love the black and blue colors of the feathers. I also enjoy seeing what you do with your E-M1 :)

Congrats on the Top Ten!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/12/2017 11:37:09 PM
Beautiful colors on that bird. Love the smooth background.
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11/11/2017 08:07:11 AM
Nice light and good focus.
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11/06/2017 12:38:55 PM
extraordinary shot! fabulous catch...8
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