One of the most common sights at the Ridgefield NWR right now (May) are Red-winged Blackbirds which are taking over the marshes and even spreading into forested areas. They can be seen harassing herons, egrets, and raptors, which love to raid the blackbirds’ nests for tasty morsels. Male Red-wing Blackbirds often go into “show off” mode by displaying their bright colors and by letting out a loud squawk. Colors are being displayed in this May 22, 2015, image. I chose this particular frame because the wing colors are somewhat even and the bird has nice eye contact with the camera.
Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f5, ISO 2500, 500mm, 4:17 p.m.