What’s Up?

Looking up.

Speaking up.

Staring up.

Sizing me up.

Greening up.

25 responses

  1. It’s so beautiful….

    April 20, 2012 at 4:55 am

  2. Breath! Light! Colour!

    April 20, 2012 at 5:56 am

  3. Definitely an UP outlook!

    April 20, 2012 at 6:04 am

  4. Kuson


    April 20, 2012 at 6:06 am

  5. Beautiful captures!

    April 20, 2012 at 6:26 am

  6. Very beautiful!

    April 20, 2012 at 7:37 am

  7. love how sharp these are, great job!

    April 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

  8. BeckyBadLuck

    Do your Blackbirds sing like British Blackbirds do you know? They are my favourite songbirds in that individuals seem to make up their songs as they go along…

    April 20, 2012 at 9:02 am

    • They have nice calls but I wouldn’t call them singers. Looking forward to hearing the British variety sometime soon.

      April 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

  9. adrianduque89


    April 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

  10. Allan Ridley

    Although it provides a striking background for your red-winged blackbird, Myriophyllum aquaticum, commonly called parrot feather, is a serious invasive plant in our local ponds, lakes and streams. Because of its attractiveness and ease of cultivation, parrot feather has been introduced worldwide for use in indoor and outdoor aquaria. it has escaped cultivation and spreads via the smallest plant fragments and is very difficult to eradicate. Once introduced, the plants soon make a dense mat on the water’s surface, shading the water from sunlight and causing native plants to die because of light deficiency. The organisms that feed on the native plants can die off due to starvation. The mats can also provide a breeding ground for mosquitos.

    April 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

    • It is also encroaching on a nearby Pied-billed Grebe nesting area. I wonder what can be done. Is it possible to eradicate it from a small lake like this one without taking drastically disruptive measures? Thanks for the comment Allan.

      April 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

  11. imexsa2000

    wow….absolutely outstanding, especially with the red on black

    April 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  12. imexsa2000

    Very beautiful, especially the outstanding red

    April 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

  13. I love your images! Birds are so beautiful and I love that you give everyone the opportunity to enjoy their up close details! Thank you. Terri

    April 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  14. bikesbirdsbeaches

    Despite the nasty invasive plant, those top two photos are just gorgeous!

    April 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  15. zbinLar

    Tus fotografías! son hermosas!

    Awesome!!! 😀

    April 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  16. Mia Amélie

    My mother and I have fond memories with these birds. Canoeing on the Mississippi. Drifting by a wild rice paddy. Startling these beautiful birds. Listening to their many winged brushing by the grain. Losing our breath in sheer awe. Thank you for bringing me back to those memories.

    April 20, 2012 at 7:31 pm

  17. Beautiful red-winged blackbirds! Glad, also, to learn about invasive plants. Nice post!

    April 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  18. Myriophyllum aquaticum is a significant problem in Washington, too. I know both herbicides and mechanical controls come with their own sets of problems. I’ve read some interesting things about biological control studies with, for instance, native weevils. But I’m obviously anything but an expert, even though these ecological issues concern me deeply. I’d be interested in more information on this.

    Great images of blackbirds, Walter. I think what I love best about their calls is how distinctive and easy they are to place.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  19. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    What’s up indeed 🙂
    These photos are stunners. How long does it take you to capture all these perfect shots? Does it happen in one outing?

    Very stunning, though.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm

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  21. Lovely photos.

    April 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

  22. Hi Kitundu, Wonderful photography! Your shots of the Red-Winged Blackbird are amazing! Nice blog! Have a super nice day tomorrow and happy Earth Day to you!

    April 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  23. Beautiful photos, congrats for being announced on Word Press for Earth day. 🙂

    April 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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