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Male Red-Winged Blackbird Snapped Forming Smoke Rings With His Breath

Amateur bird photographer Kathrin Swoboda achieved one of those career-changing shots when she captured a red-winged blackbird ‘blowing smoke rings.’

Red-Winged Blackbird Photo

Sounds absurd I know, but it really does look like that. The bird is singing in the cold and you can literally see the song in her breath, how amazing is that!

The photo was taken in Huntley Meadows Park, Virginia. Specifically,” Kathrin says “I wanted to photograph their breath, which when expelled would condense in the cold air.”

She found a male blackbird eagerly calling out for a mate, and she noticed him “forming smoke rings with his spring song.”

Bird and Vortex Rings

Because of the cold temperatures and her strategic use of the sun as backlighting, Kathrin was able to take a pair of amazing photos which even won her the Audubon Photography Awards.

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