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Zoo Miami:  Miami (obviously,) Florida

Boat-tailed grackle.

These guys are as common as dirt in my area and I *TRY* to photograph them on a regular basis.  Have I ever posted one?  Nope...not even one.  This is the first time I've been able to capture the gorgeous iridescence in their feathers.  I squee!   
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maddog78 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017
Well worth the wait to get this shot showing the iridescence.  So many shades of blue, I can't stop staring.
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illmatar Featured By Owner 6 days ago
They are so pretty in the sun.  Now if I can just get a glossy ibis the same way....  They're similar, only they're bronze and iridescent.  Always come out looking dull brown.
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maddog78 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I was looking for them whenever I was outside during our breaks while in Orlando and sadly didn't see any.
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Bski81 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
I love the plumage color.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
Me too...and I love that after 10 years of trying to capture it properly I finally did!
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Solziv Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016   General Artist
Common as dirt, yet such a pretty bird. :giggle:
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illmatar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
Gorgeous...and complete jerks to photo.  I am very happy to have this one good shot.
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Solziv Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016   General Artist
I've been told birds are notoriously difficult to film and photograph. :/ This shot is lovely - as if the grackle decided to behave at last. :D
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illmatar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
The light was good and he held still for a second.  I've been trying for over a decade to get those two things to happen at the same time.  I feel there should be some kind of video game style achievement.  ;)
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Solziv Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017   General Artist
Over a decade? Congratulations! ^^ Definitely need some sort of "Lifetime Achievement Award"...only more video game awesome in looks. :XD:
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illmatar Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
Exactly!  :)
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Solziv Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017   General Artist
:D
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NIKON
Model
COOLPIX P520
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10/500 second
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F/4.7
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45 mm
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560
Date Taken
Dec 24, 2016, 2:18:55 PM
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