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A photo from the Album: 27Dec2017 - Vidanta Riviera Maya - Our Frequent Visitor
Date Created: Wed Dec 27 19:55:51 MST 2017
Number of Photos: 7

We befriended a frequent visitor to our suite, a male Great-tailed Grackle or commonly called by the locals as zanate. He likes perching on our porch, then makes all these impressive array of callnotes ranging from a sweet tinkling, to rattling notes or to a shrieking, high-pitched whistle so loud it can be heard from a distance. He'd wait there and watch you intently until you give him some food...

Some predisposed to hate the Grackle write them off as merely black, and sometimes even call them annoying and loud blackbirds or crows with their arched shoulders and purposeful stalking (male grackles) that resemble no other than an infamous vampire, but upon closer look I think they are beautiful birds on their own right -- smart, mysterious and sociable.

Local folklore had it that their vocals represent the Seven Passions of life: Love, Hate, Fear, Courage, Joy, Sadness, and Anger.


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Camera:  Canon EOS 5D Mark III full frame
Lens:       Canon 100-400mm f/4.5L IS II USM Telephoto
F-stop:     f/5
Exp:         1/250s
ISO:         ISO-1600
Focal L:   210mm

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