Robin-sized blackbird with bright yellow eye / black pupil. Beak is black as well. Body is overall irridescent, showing off beautiful purple to blue colors depending on the viewing angle.
Common in suburban regions of North America and along waterways.
This grackle was hopping around on a log adjacent to Lake Braddock in Fairfax County, Virginia. I took several shots as it chased after insects to feast on. These photos were taken with a Canon EF100-400 f/4-f/5.6 lens mounted on a Canon Rebel T2i.
Lat: 38.80, Long: -77.27
Spotted on Apr 7, 2012
Submitted on Jul 11, 2012