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Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher
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Copyright: Howard Cheek (marhowie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5731 W: 1197 N: 98] (486)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-17 5:13
Viewed: 5912
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A large, skulking bird of thickets and hedgerows, the Brown Thrasher has one of the largest song repertoires of any North American bird.

It's bright reddish-brown above with thin, dark streaks on its buffy underparts. Its long rufous tail is rounded with paler corners. Eyes are a brilliant gold.

This bird is omnivorous, eating insects, berries, nuts and seeds, as well as earthworms, snails and sometimes lizards.
Sometimes erroneously called a Brown Thrush..
I've been watching this bird for the last two weeks, first time I was able to catch him in the open like this..

Thanx for lookin'

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-12-17 5:24]

Hola Howard, excelente foto de esta ave que no conocía; impresiona su pico y el ojo, muy buena foto, gracias por compartir...saludos.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-17 5:37]

What a beautiful peinture my friend,i like a lot your artistic way to take bird's pics,very impressive and top quality work,and beautiful bird pose too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Howard,... that's incredible capture my friend! I really can stay in front of my PC monitor and watch this briliant bright eyes for a long time! Bravo! Technically superb, but that is noting new from you! Haa haa ha have a great, great day Howard! Bravo!Brown Thrasher, ...I will remember it!

George Veltchev

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-17 6:01]

Hello Howard
Perfect capture as usual.
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Howard, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on a wonderful lighting BG, splendid colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi Howard.
Indeed a great capture of the bird. Pinsharp and well exposed detail with a pleasing composition.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Howard,
nice to see you are more frequent on TN.
This is up to your high standard again, expect nothing else from you, old friend.
Well composed, pin sharp, especially the yellow eye.
The bird stand out well against the soft BG, nice bokeh from your lens.
Have a nice weekend

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-12-17 6:32]

Fine and interesting species with striking pose, well captured. tfs.

Hi Howard.
Impressive bird and fantastic photo with good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.
Regards, Christodoulos.

Hallo Howard,
a superb capture of the Brown Thrasher, impressive eye detail and splendid colours tones on the plumage, a very beautiful composition with a marvellous pose of this beautiful bird
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-17 7:42]

Hello Howard,
With just the right sharpness against a fine bokeh, a great pose and superb eye contact have resulted in a great portrait of this Brown Thrasher: well worth the wait!
Thanks and Happy Holidays to you and your family,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-17 7:54]

Hello Howard,
A lovely capture of this beautiful bird. I love the yellow eye and large beak! Technically brilliant and a perfect composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Cheek:-)
It's a pity it's such a skulker; might be difficult though with such an impressive beak.
Impressive capture as well.
Thanks for sharing

hello Howard
super pose with great sharpness and good details
beautiful colours with very nice BG
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-17 9:09]

Hello Howard.
Superb presentation.Very good pov and sharp image.The plumage detail are also nice,I also the catch light in the eye and the nice color of the bg also give nice contrast.Best regards Siggi

excellent photo!
TFS Nasos

Excellent capture of this Brown Thrasher Howard! Looks a bit like European Thrushes. Sharp fine details, good eye contact, natural colours and good framing. Good work!
Thanks for sharing

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-17 20:10]

Hello Howard,
An excellently composed image of this beautiful Thrasher. Superb detail and great exposure. This is one bird that has eluded my lens so far. The colors are true to life and the blurred BG sets the photo off very well. Wonderful work!!

A real masterpiece work Howard!
TFS and have a nice weekend!


Hi Howard,
A clear, sharp, colourful and very well composed photo, well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-18 7:38]

Hello Howard,
Another fascinating photo. The pose with this eye-contact is very impressive. Great sharpness, details, composition and natural colours. Very nice contrasting BG.
Good quality!

Bonjour Howard,
Bon angle de prise de vue restituant le sujet dans une trčs belle attitude ; la bonne lumičre et l'excellente profondeur de champ permettent d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

hello Howard

great close-up photo of the Brown Thrasher,
very fine POV and framing, for the framing
i love that free space you leaved in front,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,


Merry Christmas also to you & your family


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-24 2:00]

Hi Howard.
My warm greetings and best wishes in coming year and Merry Christmas. Once more perfect shot from you. All is simply amazing, including superb sharpness and details of the bird and branch, attractive lights and splendid BG. Unfortunately, your gallery became too short.

Hi Howard,

Although I'm not glad to see your gallery became shorter again, I'm glad to see this superb shot with awesome composition, sharpness, colors and DoF. It's impossible to capture this bird in a more elegant way than you did. Professional, in the positive meaning of the word. Bravo MF.

I wish you & your loved ones a very happy and prosperous new year, friendly regards, László

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-03 16:22]

Hello Haward
That is an excellent closed up.Razor sharp image with fantastic detail.I love your subject pose and the colors are just great.Perfect OOF BG also
TFS Michel

Hi Howard,
This is really good. Excellant compostition, light and focus. I love the big yellow eye contact.

Dear Howard,
my congratulations to you for watching that fascinating bird for weeks and for patiently waiting for that chance to capture it in such a favourable, pleasantly relaxed, perfect pose!
Your picture is strongly supporting my hearing it singing in my mind. Thank you!
With best regards,

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