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Curve-billed Thrasher

Curve-billed Thrasher
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-12 9:37
Viewed: 2889
Points: 38
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Curve-billed Thrasher

The Curve-billed Thrasher is generally 25 to 28 cm (10 to 12 inches) in length, slender in build with a long tail, and a long, curved, sickle-shaped bill. It is pale grayish-brown above with lighter-colored underparts that are vaguely streaked. The tips of the tail are streaked with white, and the sides of the tail are a darker color than its back. The eye of an adult is usually a vivid orange or red-orange, although immature birds have a yellow eye.

The Curve-billed Thrasher is found commonly throughout the deserts and brush-filled areas of the south-western United States, from about the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and across New Mexico to west Texas, as well as most of Mexico, from the Sonoran-Chihuahuan Deserts and south through the Mexican Plateau to regions south of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt in south-central Mexico.

The Curve-billed Thrasher most often roosts in a tall tree or spiny vegetation, preferring a cactus. The nest is a loosely woven cup made of thorny twigs. The female lays 2 to 4 eggs, which are bluish-green and speckled with brown. The eggs are incubated by both sexes, and hatch after about thirteen days. The young will leave the nest after 14 to 18 days after hatching.

The Curve-billed Thrasher feeds on ground-dwelling insects, as well as seeds, and berries. It often pushes out Cactus Wrens in its area.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-12 9:40]

Hi Jane, A fine picture of this Thrasher . You have good detail in the feathers wih natural looking colours. with its big bright eye. Interesting nots too.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-12 9:43]

Hi Jane
A great close-up and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.

Hi Big Big Sister Jane:)

A classic Jane shot:) Beautiful, sharp, rich in details on the plumage. From the great BG, the pose of the bird, the marvelous sharpness! It's really a very powerful capture in all around!
TFS and Cheers,
Take care Sis!

L'il Bro:-)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-12 9:55]

Hello Jane,
You caught this beautiful bird in a lovely pose here with great focus on the yellow eye and the open beak. Details are very sharp and colours look natural. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Witaj Jane
Well observed and captured.
You have good detail in the feathers wih natural looking colours.
TFS and regards - Roma

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-10-12 10:47]

Hi Jane

Great capture, with a excellent POv and i like the pose with the birds head in profile to show us the curved bill.
nice feather details and great colours too.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-12 10:48]

Hi Jane
a fine image
very good sharp and detail
well done.

Ciao Jane,
splendida cattura, bellissima composizione per la stupenda posa fra i rami, perfetta messa a fuoco dell'occhio e ottimi dettagli del piumaggio, molto belli i colori e BG del cielo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-12 12:36]

Hello Jane,
Another beauty of this bird. The natural colours, details, composition and pose are all excellent. Very good POV. The bright eye steals the show.

Hi Jane, splendid bird with fine details and excellent sharpness, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

I am getting up later and just barely posting before Jane is up and ready for breakfast. At our longitude...it gets dark earlier by much and stays same for much longer...enjoy your quasi winter with birds still flitting about..along with all of the folks up here who can afford to go to their second homes down there:-)

hello Jane

excellent close-up shot of the Curve-billed Thrasher
with the POV that i love most, from down to up,
in french « en contre-plongé » (againts diving),
fine framing, excellent sharpness and details,
a photo that i love and it go to one of my themes,



Hello Jane

A lovely capture of this curve billed thrasher.
The POV is excellent,and the natural setting looks great.
He looks like he is posing for you in profile to show off the lovely curved bill.


Hello Jane,
Very good closeness on this Thrasher well captured also a good pose too!
very sharp especially on the plummage!
good size posting to view more closeness of the subject in details
many thanks

hi Jane,

Good capture of this Trasher, an bird that I never been seen before.
Good detail in the feathers.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-12 21:41]

Hello Jane,
It looks like he is panting from the heat. Great eye contact, and details captured with your great image, thank you Jane.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-13 2:53]

Hello Jane, what a powerful eyes and a great clarity. Perfect view. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-13 15:18]

Wow! Pin-sharp image of this Curve-Billed Thrasher.
This has a massive heap of detail.
Very good pose.
Great composition.
Perfectly exposed.
And, of course, there's that fab blue BG :-)

Well done Jane!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-13 22:45]

Hi Jane,
Another one of your trademark picture. Very neat and sharp image with lovely blue sky as BG. I like the expressive eye and the curved bill. Great management of natural lighting and perfect DOF.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-14 0:50]

Hi Jane,how is ugly this bird..ehehe....but the quality of your pic is at the top,impressive details and sharpness ,i like a lot the sky as background,your choice of POV was very perfect,my best compliments,Luciano

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