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A Thorny Romance

A Thorny Romance
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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: 2010-02-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-17 7:19
Viewed: 3186
Points: 42
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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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Hello Jane,

This is a great close-up of this pair of Curve-billed Thrashers with beautiful natural coloration, pose & thorny setting. Very nicely taken, composed & presented.

TFS & best wishes


hello Jane

very beautiful romantic photo of this couple of Curve-billed Thrasher
and it is shot at Valentine's Day ! fine POV at their level,
fine focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-17 8:37]

Hi Jane,
Ow, ow, ow looks like they choose a thorny perch. Great image my friend it always amazies me that they can perch there without getting hurt.

Hello Jane,
a beautiful capture of this pair of the Curve-billed Thrasher, a splendid composition with a fantastic environment, fine detail on the plumage and great eye contact.
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Jane
What a place to stop and have a chat...These Thrashers are beautiful birds but I do question thier sense.
All the Best

Hello Jane,
In this photo we see a severe solar radiation unwieldy, but obviously the result is very good. Beyond that, the diversity of elements provided by the thorny shrub is very interesting. As always, I see your work done with that bridge Canon, is rewarding.
I've been practicing with some birds and my little Canon to full zoom, I find that the manual approach yields better results and select the option of custom colors bringing the level of sharpness and saturation to the highest, compensated well the abnormalities caused by increasing the focal length. I hope to post some of these pictures soon :-).
Greetings, thanks for staying poles; is very interesting to me, see your photos.

hello Jane
very good picture on the cactus
with great sharpness and beautiful colours
nice pose
greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-17 12:38]

Hi Jane. You have captured a romantic pose from this pair. Taken with good detail . The colour of their feathers blend into the BG. Well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-17 13:06]

Hello Jane.
Beautiful photo of these two birds. The colors are outstanding. The light/exposure is just right. Excellent detail and a very nice composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-17 13:53]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful photo of this pair in great camouflaged colours. Excellent sharpness and details. The thorny cactus is also pretty to look at. Good POV and DOF.

hello Jane,
thank you very much for your good wishes in my anniversary photo!
a beautiful scene with this couple, the poses are very good, against the strong light a nice photo output!
keep photographing! TFS


Fine and lovely capture of this lovely pair on catus from wonderful POV with great clarity and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-17 14:37]

Hi Jane,it's strange for me to see bird on a cactus,a very nice pic taken in a romantic and decisive moment,excellent quality of sharpness and colors.Have a nice time and thanks,Luciano

Hello Jane,
Wonderful shot with perfect caption. The sharpness, details & POV are amzing. They are the master piece examples of extreme adoptation. TFS

Jane my good friend, how nice is to see your pics again! This is a great picture for valentine's day, the Curve-billed Thrasher is a frequent visitor to my yard but unfortunately I don't have the same luck as you to photograph them.. Maybe some day, your picture is nice and warm (love Az!).. Well done


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-18 1:00]

Hi Jane

Nice pose and capture - and a great title too. Nice work.

At airport - sorry didn't get time to crit yesterday.

Best wishes


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-18 1:08]

Hi Jane,
Lovely composition of a birds ...
Sharp detail and pale colors, such as camouflage.
Best wishes,

Hi Jane.

I like the title so much and so well complemented by this gorgeous couple. Nicely captured in well exposed details and pleasing subdued tones. Nice framing and very good work with the camera.

TFS and best regards.

Ciao Jane, lovely couple in nice pose against a busy blurry BG, good natural ambientation, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-18 21:45]

Hello Jane,
Even though the grey thorn-bush BG is not the best it is a fine capture of this pair of Curve-billed Thrashers.
The POV is great as they sit on top of the cactus and face opposite directions and they are well seen with nice sharpness and lighting, their eyes being so characteristic.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-18 23:35]

Hi Jane,
Very beautiful capture and composition.I wish for this
pretty pair a happy end:)I liked pose of birds,harmonious
colors and details a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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