Yellow-headed Blackbird – Bear River National Wildlife Refuge; Brigham, Utah: I searched and searched Bear River NWR for a Yellow-headed Blackbird to photograph. Now, Yellow-headed Blackbirds were everywhere. But all were quite shy, and every time I got close enough for the shot, they flew. I wanted that close-up image of a Yellow-head blackbird with head held back, beak agape and singing its territorial song.
It seemed that all the males were doing what I wanted, but I just could not get close enough. I had worked all morning and had not got the shot I really wanted.
As I drove out of the refuge I traveled the 12 mile road between the refuge entrance and the headquarters building, again Yellow-headed blackbirds were plentiful. Yet, every time I got close to the birds, they flew. In the last quarter mile I saw this blackbird perched on a fence post singing its territorial call. As so many times earlier that day, I slowly pulled my van within shooting distance. This time the blackbird did not fly. Just as I had envisioned the bird continued singing with head held back and beak agape. Now, if I could just get this shot with the blackbird on a natural perch. Until then, I’ll enjoy this image. Hope you do as well.