Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bobolink

A lifer for me, I watched these guys for about 3 hours yesterday. They remind me of Dennis Rodman because of this markings. They also remind me of meadowlarks, because of the way they fly/flutter. The tail feathers remind me of flickers because of the scalloped ends. And of course, it reminds me of R2D2 because of his song. What a weird bird, but I love him!

A distinctive bird of open grasslands, the Bobolink is the only American bird that is black underneath and white on the back. This coloring makes the male stand out while he is performing his displays. After breeding he changes into a drab, camouflaged plumage to spend the rest of the year.-Cornell Labs

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7 comments:

Kathy said...

Great pictures. The ones of the bird in flight are amazing.

Dominic Gendron said...

Such a lovely bird, rarely do i see image of a bobolink in flight. Great shots ;)

Montanagirl said...

Great shots! They are really a unique bird, and love their markings.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The Bobolink is such a unique bird.In our area they are apparently in decline.I hope that trend changes soon.
Blessings,Ruth

Bird Girl said...

Oh, I had to laugh - the 'Dennis Rodman of the bird world' - that was great, Hannibal! You did a terrific job with these pictures and so happy you got to see this very cool bird!!!

TSannie said...

Just amazing photographs!

Brad Myers said...

Yes I do see Dennis, I just hope this bird is not as spaced out as him.

Neat birds, you have been posting ones I never see around here. You make me want to take a road trip to photograph some different birds.