N! Challenge: Nature, Nuisance, etc.

Feast, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).
Linking up with Camera Critters,  Texture Tuesday, Nature Notes and World Bird Wednesday.

One creature’s nuisance
becomes another’s banquet
Blackbird nesting zone

This is another photo taken from our recent visit to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.  The bird is a male red-winged blackbird surrounded by a feast of flying insects (those soft black dots would be “nutriments” for the bird).  We watched him catch many of these in flight from his cattail perch.  I, however, am annoyed by all those nuisance insects flying around me.

This post is for the “N” Challenge by Frizztext (“N” is for Nature, Nutriment, Nesting and Nuisance)

Other postings from the bird refuge:

95 responses to “N! Challenge: Nature, Nuisance, etc.

  1. I can understand how annoying they can be! It’s the time of year when you really have to walk with your mouth shut! Your “nuisance” however was very rewarding because this photo is absolutely wonderful!

  2. I thought those were water droplets at first. Amazing picture. Those fellows are all around us here (lots of swamps). It won’t be long before the begin their courting in earnest. That is always fun to observe.

  3. Oh that is so stunning! Absolutely stunning shot with the rain drops on the window. What a gorgeous blackbird! 🙂

  4. Our Blackbirds are too lazy to go chasing after insects… and definetly too fat to sit on reeds! They’re more into worms, slugs and other ground living creatures – that is, when they aren’t stripping my Rowan of its berries in the autumn 🙂 Nice shot for the challenge!

  5. I love this quote: The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. ~ Julia Cameron
    Its so true. I also really liked this photo. Really great stuff, not the same old boring pictures.

  6. This is a brilliant shot! I love how you composed the photo and the elements you have chosen to include. Oh and I love how you’ve processed it too. How did you do the border?

  7. Hi,
    What a great photo, at first glace I thought it was rain coming down, until I read it was insects, what a feast it must of been for this beautiful little bird. 🙂

  8. I thought it was rain, too. Except that I couldn’t figure out how you got a window so close to the bog! This is a great shot, bugs and all.

  9. Wow! That is a really good photo! Imagine all that “food” flying around you! Lol! It’s the blackbird version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 😉

  10. Lovely photo of him..I have had quite a few males at the feeders, but no females yet and you have to love a bird that has a harem of mates and has no duties with raising the young…Michelle from nature notes..

  11. A really beautful capture! I’m glad I clicked on the photo to see it larger. The detail you’ve caught is superb!
    I’ve never seen a red-winged blackbird before so even more of a treat for me to discover something new.
    I like your treatment of the photo as well. Really wonderful all round.

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  13. Amazing how absolutely still this little blackbird is in the midst of the swarm of insects. I, on the other hand would have been swatting and twitching away. Hmm, maybe if I learnt to see them as a dancing feast…? 😀 Beautiful.

  14. Lovely composition. I initially thought the little flying beasties were a photo effect. Combined with the framing it suggested a damaged glass plate over-top of the photograph.

  15. Totally creative and awesome meeting of the “N” (Nature and nuisance) photo challenge. This bird is so happy–and any human near there would be so unhappy! Wonderful lesson and wonderful contrast!

  16. So beautiful. I’m a Nature-freak and this pic just feeds that inner well. Thank you! Sorry that the insects bugged you, but, then, you have to suffer for your Art….LOL. Liked. 😀

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