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Old Jan 7, 2011, 1:27 AM   #1
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The Common Blackbird is a relatively common bird throughout metropolitan Victoria, as its name would suggest. The blackbird, a native of Europe, Asia & North Africa, is an introduced species to Australia which has adapted well to numerous different habitats, particularly urban environments.

Pictured here is the male of the species. The female has a dark grey-brown plumage with a faintly streaked chest.

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Old Jan 11, 2011, 8:29 AM   #2
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.....we do have these, a lot of them, in Texas, USA but I've never made a photo of one.
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Well now you have a new subject Bob, a handsome one at that. Especially the way Adam has caught the yellow of the beak and eye contrasting with the plumage. Nice detail, nice capture Adam.

You could have had the beak cleaned a bit! ..
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Nice, sharp images, and great detail in spite of the all-black coloration. You exposure and/or processing is perfect here.
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Excellent shots Adam.

BoBB: do you have those blackbirds with a yellow beak in Texas?? We don't have any in Florida like that. We have blackbirds, crows, grackles, ravens, etc, but none of them have yellow beaks. There are flocks of various blackbirds that hang around a wetland marsh near my home, especially the Red-winged blackbird, but I don't think we have any with that bright yellow beak. That would definitely stand out and make a better photo.

I wonder if the ones in Texas are a different breed from those found around here.
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....last night I did a post attempt here (it was late & from my iPAD) explaining my earlier statement. In part I intended (in the LOST post, I touched something not right on the iPAD) to say, "actually we have a great many black birds but not so many Blackbirds, though occasionally a Red Wing, but mostly we have...." (the same list of UGLIES you mention).

Adam's Blackbirds are quite handsome and I think the presentation is perfect too.
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thanks very much gents! The Blackbird is definitely my favourite of the imported species.
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