The Greater Antillean Grackle (Quiscalus niger)

The Greater Antillean Grackle  (Quiscalus niger) The Greater Antillean Grackle (Quiscalus niger) is a grackle found throughout the Greater Antilles and the Cayman Islands as well as smaller, nearby islands. It is smaller than the Boat Tailed Grackle and a unique species to these islands. The female is also black, unlike the Boat Tailed Grackle in Florida, and smaller. I’m also including in this…

More on the Male Boat Tailed Grackle, #3

Male Boat Tailed Grackle #3 (quiscalus major) Yes, when I first went to the Everglades in Florida, I got hooked on one of the most ordinary birds in sight, the Grackle. I was really trying to convince myself that it was not a truly black bird. But what if it was anyway? Its marvel was…

Male Boat Tailed Grackle (Quiscalus Major) #2

Male Boat Tailed Grackle #2 When I lived in Naples, Florida, I began to notice the iridescence of the male Boat Tailed Grackle feathers. I began shooting a series of shots using my fill-in flash and -EV to avoid blowing highlights. I was pleased to see how the fill-in flash helped to expose its black…

The Female Boat Tailed Grackle

The Female Boat Tailed Grackle When I went to Florida for the first time, the female Boat Tailed Grackle had me fooled almost instantly. If it weren’t because I saw it eventually partnering up with the black male, I don’t think I would have realized it is the same species. The smaller brown female is seen less frequently…

Boat Tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) #1

Boat Tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)  #1 I’ve always kept my eyes open for Grackles. They have iridescent colors. Iridescence is defined as a “lustrous rainbow like play of color caused by differential refraction of light waves that tends to change as the angle of view changes”-Merriam-Webster. I’ve been able to get various shades of blues,…