Heed The Warning
Every year, on the east end of the pond a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds nest. And this Spring was no exception. The male is extremely protective and aggressive. He does everything in his power to lure one away from the nesting site, from faking injury, to daring aerial maneuvers, to even physically attacking the intruder. But before I let it get that far, I stop and let him do his dance, flex his muscle, scream at me from the top of his lungs. I have heard it all before, but this time I had a camera.
And on this particular day I casually strolled into his protected circle and stood at the pond’s edge nose-to-nose with high cat-tails, and simply waited. The side lighting was perfect, bringing the life to the far off greenery and exemplifying his rich orange wing markings. I snapped two shots and walked away, as not to disturb him any further. And I could have sworn I heard him say under his breath, “Yeah, and don’t come back this way again…"
Photo credits: Ryan Sartoski.