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Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher
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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: 2009-05-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots, CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-23 16:48
Viewed: 3743
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
I'm not well today so just a quick post, I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Brown Thrasher
Toxostoma rufum

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

The Brown Thrasher has the largest range of any of our thrashers, breeding in deciduous forest edge and clearings, eastward across southern Canada from southwest Alberta to the Maritime Provinces, south to Texas and Florida in the USA. In Alberta, they prefer coulees and valleys in the grassland region but since the 1950s they have penetrated the parkland region to Cold Lake and Edmonton.

About mid May, the male of this species announces his arrival with a rollicking, Dig it up, dig it, hoe it, hoe it up, pull it up, pull it up. He usually starts singing low in tree, but as he becomes more exuberant, ascends to the top. Most Brown Thrashers seem to leave the province by the end of August, however a few are seen into October and the odd one attempts to overwinter. One spent the winter of 1996/97 at Grand Prairie. Another spent two winters in a barn near Lac Ste. Anne where it was recorded on the Wabamun CBC. One is currently wintering in NW Calgary (2004/05). They occur in both rural and urban areas where there is sufficient habitat. In Calgary, they nest in east Bowness Park and have occurred in Bowmont Park, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Weaselhead and Glenmore Park. They are fairly common summer residents in the Irricana and Carseland area.

They have a varied diet. In summer, it is mostly insects, other invertebrates and small vertebrates. At other times of the year they also use berries, fruits and nuts.

They place their twig nest well concealed in shrubbery, preferably thorny ones, fairly low; sometimes on the ground. Both sexes incubate the four or five bluish-white eggs for 11-14 days. The young are ready to leave the nest when nine to thirteen days old. Two broods, occasionally three, are reared.
from Weaselhead.org

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I hope this finds you better soon, Rick. Nothing to be faulted with this "just a quick post" of yours. The details are crisp; the point of view proper; the colors and composition on that tree branch pleasing. An interesting species, and you've provided us the tools to learn more.


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2009-05-23 17:47]

Hi Rick,

I hope that you're able to quickly shake whatever has gotten hold of you. Very detailed presentation of your subject. I like the different shades of brown. Nice blurred BG and sharp lower FG. Good info too. TFS.


Beautiful shot, love the natural coverage that forms a frame, well taken.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-23 22:57]

This is a superb capture Rick!

I like the way you framed this Brown Thrasher with the branches and the bird itself is taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and lighting that show all its features against a fine OOF natural BG.
A fine weekend image and thanks for sharing it.
Get well soon.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-23 23:37]

Hello Rick,
Beautiful photo of this Brown Thrasher. Very good pose, POV and focus on the eye. Good composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Rick,
excellent capture,sharp details, nice colors and light.BG fits well,
have a nice day,

very beautiful scene and composition by unknown for us birds of America
very fine photo Rick,be well in your health

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-24 3:43]

Hello Rick
Excellent capture with natural colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-24 8:05]

Hello Rick,
Great photo of this thrasher. The sharpness and details are very good. Beautiful clear colours in a very nice composition. Excellent POV, pose and OOF BG.
Get well soon!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-24 11:34]

Hi Rick.
It is a pity that you are not well. You have given us a true pleasure with your amazing shot. It is simply outstanding by subject and by quality. Pictured bird is charming and you have reflected all its attractive feature with great taste. I also like wonderful reproduction of the lovely scenery. My best wishes. I hope you will be OK very soon.

I do hope you're feelin much better by the time you read this, Rick.
A superbly framed shot of this brown Thrasher.
The note makes for a very informative read, as well.
Get well soon!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-24 13:06]

Hi Rick. I hope you are now feeling better. This is a very good close up of the Brown Thrasher. Which your side POV showing the whole bird. With good detail and naatural colours. The bird stand out well from the BG. well done TFS.

Hello Rick
wow ! what a beautiful shot of this nice bird
I like the pose of this Brown thrasher in this well composed shot, superbe colors, wonderful sharpness an dgreat point of view
I hope you are very well soon

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-24 16:57]

Hi Rick,

I hope you are feeling better today :-) I've never seen this Brown Thrasher before, only his cousin, the Curve-billed Thrasher. There is a strong family resemblance - except for the beak. Can't help but notice the same yellow eye. A wonderful pose of this bird filled with curiosity. Excellent colors and details and a wonderful setting.


...and again the blue ribbon goes to!......(please enter your name)...Your super depth of field control is evident here Rick. And the branch outlines a wonderful natural perch and backdrop! I could never keep up with you..not sure how you do it..some sort of magic!

hello Rick

very beautiful photo of the Brown Thrasher,
fine POV and framing, superb focus
with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-05-26 10:18]

I Rick
another nice catch.Good POV and sharp image.Nice pose in is natural habitat.Hope you feel well soon.
TFS Michel

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-05-31 5:54]

Get Better soon, Rick! And I missed so many of your shots, and many thanks for your wild wild wild west pictures. Beautiful bird bathing in nice light close to a shrub of fresh leaves. Thank you and get well!


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