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Attack of the Grackle Cloud | by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker
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Attack of the Grackle Cloud

To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure how the birds ended up being so well defined. They move in odd patterns. I suspect they all just happened to be changing direction as I took this exposure.


When photographing swarms of grackles, I highly recommend wearing machine washable clothing. And a hat.


Several hundred landed in a parking lot very near where I was shooting. Most were on the ground, but a few dozen were on top of a rather unfortunate car. And, there were thousands in the surrounding trees.


By the way, these grackles are known to attack bystanders:

#only_in_texas #hitchcockian


Exposure0.006 sec (1/160)


Focal Length50 mm

ISO Speed3200

Exposure Bias-0.7 EV


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Taken on January 24, 2012