Female Redwing Blackbird doing the splits

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I watched “The Big Year” today. A movie I’d never even heard of before this past April or so, at which point many of my friends and coworkers started noting that I must be doing a big year myself.

I spent the first month maintaining eye contact and slowly nodding, making sure to not let out the fact that I had no idea what they were talking about. Eventually I pieced it together that a “big year” is where a person tries to see as many birds as they can in one calendar year. It turns out they made a film about it, and I guess they had enough budget to get Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin to be in it, but there wasn’t anything left over to actually market the movie.

In any case, it turned out to be a rather pleasant film. It wasn’t anything phenomenal, but it didn’t do anything wrong, either. It was just a nice, easy to watch, enjoyable movie about birds. And admittedly, I have become much more fond and aware of birds since this year began.

In light of that movie, here’s a female Redwing Blackbird. By no means a rarity, but I feel her pose is somewhat unique.

I got this with my 150-600mm lens, shooting at 1/500 and f7.1 with an ISO of 800.

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