We originally thought this beautiful bird was a crow but we were wrong – it’s a grackle. Please forgive our earlier posting that crowed about finding a stunning corvid.
Grackles are very common here in Austin and they’re a smart and interesting species, just like crows. Grackles – again, like crows – are basically black, but caught in the sunlight the gorgeous iridescence of this bird’s head and neck feathers really shone through.
Diffraction. I love your website. I visit daily. Relaxing. Informative.
So the iridescence is the result of diffraction? Thank you for your note – we love our critters and we have fun with the website.
Very dazzling blog!
Thank you, JanyJanice. We have a lot of fun with it.