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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: 2008-02-07
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-16 7:52
Viewed: 2448
Points: 56
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Curve-Billed Thrasher

The curve-billed thrasher is a very common resident of cholla cactus, mesquite trees and creosote bushes. It also lives around farms, ranches and towns. It is a grayish bird with a down-curved bill, long tail and orange-colored eyes. The thrasher is a good singer and this species usually sings from the topmost branch of a cholla. Its nest is generally placed within cholla cactus where it is well protected by cactus spines. It is a rapid runner and does most of its feeding on the ground. The strong, decurved bill is used for digging into the soil for insects. It also eats seeds, fruits and berries. This species is attracted to a reliable source of water, such as birdbaths or dripping faucets, although it may live where no drinking water is available.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-16 8:11]

Nice one of a Curved-billed Thrasher, Jane!
I like the POV, pose lighting and the details of the yellow eye. Great composition too.
I see your snowy weather soon passed!
Thanks and have a nice weekend,

Hi Jane,
This is a lovely capture of this nice bird. It seems to be well adapted to this hard climate by living in areas where no water is available... You caught beautiful catch-light in its golden eye. Well seen and TFS,

hello Jane

lovelly capture of this bird with a wonderful background
and a wonderful light specially on his beautiful eye,
lovelly pose of the bird with excellent POV
and excellent details of his plumage, TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-16 9:10]

Hello Jane, that's a very nice bird, you caught it very well in a great pose with a very good technique, well done, thanks!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-16 9:34]

Hello Jane,
This is a very beautiful bird captured from a nice angle and with great focus on that lovely eye. A fine composition too!
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-16 10:19]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful photo of this Curve-billed Thrasher. Very good pose, POV and focus on the eye. Good composition.

Did you know about all of these birds before TN or are you learning as you go along? It is an interesting image ride along with you though. Some o f these are much more common to your area...oh! My daughter and her husband and two grandkids are landing in Phoenix this afternoon. They will be in Scottsdale for a few days..they are thinking of relocating..if the money is good for a high priced nurse as she..

Hello My dear Friend Jane,

Another lovely bird it ists natural posture! with excellent details, lighting and framing friend!


Hello Jane
What a great shot of this glorious fellow...Superb focus all round and the detail in the eye is spot on..His eye is so interesting and I just love that beak.
Super Note
Have a good Sunday Jane

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-16 12:04]

Hi Jane.
Excellent shot of the cute bird with many nice details, excellent sharpness, natural colours and impressive lighting. DOF is also great as well as the framing and composition of the image.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-16 12:31]

Hi jane This is a very good close up of the Thrasher. a bird i have never seen in the wild so thanks for posting. good detail and natural colours. a nice POV/DOF with light in the eye. well done TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-16 13:01]

Hello Jane,
nice shot of this unusual bird!
I love that yellow eye :-)
Excellent diagonal composition and a good POV.
The way it's looking off slightly to the light is very good seeing as it makes the viewer wonder where and what it's looking at, thus adding interest! :-D
Some fringing on the branches in the FG but other than that, superb image quality.
Well done Jane,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-16 13:51]

Hola Jane.
I have seen this birds in My home too. I like the long and curved bill. Some times they can sing. Nice photo Jane.

Hello Jane, a wonderful pose you caught and good closeup. My only conern is the chromatic abbaration you could see the red around edges of branches. This could be repaired in ws. I really like the lighting here, Nice contrast and good angle of light to give interesting illumination. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-16 16:37]

Hi Jane,
Fantastic image and the natural lighting is great, that eye is superb Jane. Thank you for this great image.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-16 16:53]

Hello Jane

Excellent POV and DOF.
The focus is very good with lovely detail.
The lighting is warm and the colours are well saturated.
Wonderful plumage detail ,and you have managed lovely eye detail.


Hello Jane,
What a perfect size posting to view and enjoy the closeness of this Thrasher
good exposure and focus in perfect sharpness, good colour and details
a pleasing one again

Splenid bird very well captured,
I like especialy his yellow eye,
well done Jane

Ciao Jane, lovely bird in great pose with splendid details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Jane,
A beautiful capture of this thrasher. Excellent composition with fine details. Very good lighting. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Jane,
Magnifique, les couleurs sont très naturelles et la lumière dans l'oeil est superbe, beau BG qui met très bien le tout en valeur.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-17 8:56]

Hi Jane
Excellent close-up with really good light. The detail is likewise great.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-17 20:12]

Hi Jane,
Splendid image and you have captured a fabulous pose here. Nice details on its plumage and the yellow eye looks gorgeous. Great DOF and I like the lighting effects. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Excellent clarity and details, Jane.
The eye in particular is in extremely sharp focus.
The neutral BG highlights the subject very well.
TFS and regards.

Hi Jane,

Nice shot of this Thrasher. You keep introducing birds that I haven't see before, so thanks again for this one. You have captured a lot of detail here, and the eye is particularly striking. Great soft background too.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-21 12:54]

Hi Jane

I love the colour tones and light here both are really beautiful. Lovely POV and sharp details. The DOF is spot on



Hi Jane

A perfect shot with splendid focus, wonderful colors, great light and excellent sharpness! TFS.
Greetings, Bahadır

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-01 16:40]

Hi Jane,
Excellent composition of this wonderful bird with great details, thanks for sharing.

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