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Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals feeding, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-06-23 4:50
Viewed: 2694
Points: 18
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This shy thrush with its contrasting black and orange plumage and eerie, penetrating song is one of the most distinctive birds of the Northwestern forests. It breeds from Alaska to California and most individuals winter along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to southern California, with occasional individuals seen throughout the western U.S and, during irruption years across the U.S. and Canada.


General: Large, brightly coloured Thrush. Pot bellied, long-necked and short tailed. Length: 19-26cm, weight: 78g.

Adult Male: Burnt-orange breast and throat, gray to blue-gray rump, back, nape and crown, distinct black to slate-gray V shaped breast-band, orange-buffy supercilium stripe and wing-bars, black to slate-gray wing and tail feathers. Bill is brown-black and straw-coloured below at base of lower mandible. Legs are tan and iris brown.

Adult Female: Similar to male but duller overall, with upperparts brown-olive to brown-gray, wing and tail feathers brown, and breast-band indistinct brown to slate.

Juvenile: Head and neck brown tinged with buff, with indistinct orange eyebrow; throat buff; breast feathers buff with brown tips; belly and undertail coverts white; and back and wings brown, with two orange wing-bars.

Similar Species: Dark breast band and orange supercilium distinguish this species from female American Robin and the two species are so different that they are rarely confused. No other North American species is similar in appearance.

Behavior: This is a shy species. It hops along the ground searching for food using its bill to remove leaves and litter and then hops backward to inspect the area for food. When foraging, it searches an area, flies up to a perch and looks for another suitable site to forage before going back to the ground. It may dive and swoop through dense vegetation (sometimes hitting branches) when engaged in territorial fights or when chasing intruders from its nest. Flight from ground or between perches is direct, with rapid wing-beats. It feeds on insects and berries.

Habitat: “A dark forest, with wet, mossy, almost completely shaded floor is a requisite” (Grinnell & Miller 1944:356). This species is closely associated with the damp, shaded coniferous forests of the Pacific North-west. It is also found in ravines and forested urban areas of the north-west.
from Vancouver Avian Research

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Beautiful image with good sharpness and natural colors.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-23 6:58]

Hi Rick,absolutely beautiful,a great capture in a difficult light whit the best details and colors as possible,great timing too to take it whit its dinner on the beak,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Rick

Excellent photo of this Thrush with its
captured insect prey, fine POV and framing,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hi Rick,
Isn't this a mistake? Posted for the second time. But it remains a beauty!

Dearest friend,
What a delightful bird - I think, this is one of those shots where you flirt with the bird and tell it sweet nothing's - until you are able to approach it close enough and can click .

Next stage it would have offered you a worm; it appears to have plenty.....:-)

Thanks for adding your work together with the interesting notes to my theme "animals feeding".

It is such a peaceful scene, and the colors very satisfying .

Thanks for sharing, and I hope you and your family will be safe until the rain stops and the rivers subside!

Hi Rick
很漂亮的鳥 照的的清晰 色彩也很美麗

Interesting bird and beautiful photo Rick! Nice pose, very good composition and good sharpness.

Hi Rick,
a great portrait of this beautiful bird. Very well done.
Have you seen that you had posted it already on 15.6.13!
best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-06-28 21:37]

Hi Rick.
Despite the difficult light conditions you managed to take a wonderful shot of a beautiful bird at an amazing natural surroundings. The whole scene is simply sweet with attractive pattern of twigs, fine details of the bird and its prey, impressive composition. Well done and TFS.

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