South Dakota Wildlife Abounds - Yellow-headed Blackbirds

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I recently returned from a short trip to north-central South Dakota. While visiting relatives in McPherson County I took some time for wildlife photography. The wet spring has wildlife everywhere. I targeted a couple of species. But, I ended up with several more I had not anticipated. The first installment is a species that has seen reductions in numbers in many parts of its range over the past decade. I believe this county could re-populate the world if needed. There were many thousands - more than I had ever seen in the past. Here are a few of my favorites.

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I recently returned from a short trip to north-central South Dakota. While visiting relatives in McPherson County I took some time for wildlife photography. The wet spring has wildlife everywhere. I targeted a couple of species. But, I ended up with several more I had not anticipated. The first installment is a species that has seen reductions in numbers in many parts of its range over the past decade. I believe this county could re-populate the world if needed. There were many thousands - more than I had ever seen in the past. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Aaron, these are simply amazing. I saw quite a few in ND/MN on my trip there the past 2 weeks--no pictures though! Are these with the 200-500 and the 1.4tc?
 
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Beautiful photos, this bird doesn't live here in N Idaho.
Thanks, Rick.
Nice series. We do not see those around here.
Thank you, Luis.
Beautiful!
Thanks, Terri.
Aaron, these are simply amazing. I saw quite a few in ND/MN on my trip there the past 2 weeks--no pictures though! Are these with the 200-500 and the 1.4tc?
Nick, Thanks. I make several trips to MN each year to visit family. I see very few compared to when I was a kid living in western WI. The last time I was in this part of SD was 5 years ago. I saw very few then. They were everywhere this time. I think #3 was with the D750/200-500 combo. I believe the others were with D7200/500 f/4 with and without TC. I switched and swapped gear based on light and time of day.
 

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Aaron, great set, we will feature this in a day or two, since we just featured several recently. Congrats on the nomination from the members.
 
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