Do Not Park Your Car Here

By: ralphbarrera

Mar 04 2010

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Category: Photojournalism


Focal Length:153mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

Hundreds of Common Grackles, large, lanky blackbirds with long legs and long tails, line the utility poles along Riverside Drive and Lamar Blvd near sunset. You’ll often find these birds in large flocks, flying or foraging on lawns and in agricultural fields, but in Austin mostly where they are not wanted. In parking lot trees disgracing your car windshield. They strut on their long legs, pecking for food rather than scratching and create a high-pitched song that is sure to unsettle the calmest of nerves. You’ve seen them. If not you will.

Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman


2 comments on “Do Not Park Your Car Here”

    • Thanks, if you are ever in the vicinity, its an amazing sight. Kind of reminds of Hitchcock’s “Birds”.

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