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Bendire's Thrasher

Bendire's 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: 2011-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX30IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-18 7:54
Viewed: 4032
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At first I thought this was a young Curve Billed Thrasher. Because of it's behavior and the sound of its call I judged it to be the similar looking Bendire's Thrasher. Please let me know if I am wrong.

Bendire's Thrasher

The Bendire's Thrasher is a robin-sized bird that is grayish-brown and has yellow eyes. It is similar to a young Curve-billed Thrasher with a short bill, but smaller, with a shorter tail and more triangular spots on its breast. The song of the Bendire's Thrasher is a clear, melodious warble with some repetition, and continuing at length. Its call is a lowchuck. This thrasher flies from bush to bush, whereas other desert thrashers almost never fly. However, it does most of its feeding on the ground.

The Bendire's Thrasher spends much of its time on the ground searching and digging for food. It builds a compact nest in almost any of the shrubby vegetation found within its habitat, usually 3 to 10 feet above the ground.

The Bendire's Thrasher breeds in southeastern California, southern Nevada, Arizona and western New Mexico. It winters from southern Arizona southward. It prefers desert scrub habitats.


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Ciao Jane, lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful natural colors, fine details, splendid light and wonderful sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Jane,
very nice portrait of this bird. Excellent point of view. Nice natural colours. Very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-18 8:46]

Hi Jane,what a perfect pose and what a perfect pov in the best light for the best result..one of your best pic and interesting specie,no doubt.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-18 9:09]

Hello Jane,
Yes I think you got right, a Bendire's Thrasher, Toxostoma bendirei. Very beautiful photo in splendid natural colours and a very good sharpness. Great composition.

Jane - i like the composition. The bird seems to be lost in thoughts. Nice BG. tfs

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-18 11:15]

Hello Jane.
Nice bird, wonderful picture of this Thrasher perched on top of this branch. Great photo!
Best regards Siggi

Hello Jane
Interesting bird and beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-04-18 19:01]

Hello Jane,
Splendid capture of this thrasher I have never seen before. Beautiful work my friend.

Hallo Jane,
a very beautiful capture of the Bendire's Thrasher taken from a very good point of view, fine details on the plumage and impressive eye, beautiful natural colours, a very pleasant composition with your classic blue sky
Best regards

Bonjour Jane,
Très bon angle de prise de vue permettant d'apprécier, sous une bonne profondeur de champ, la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-04-19 14:00]

Hello Jane,
I see the birds are back at their favorite perching tree. This particular one looks like he is really enjoying the sunshine while sitting high up on his throne. Excellent detail and beautiful coloration.
We are a ways off from getting any leaves on our trees, but I have seen some budding getting started. Hope all is well with you guys down there and am looking forward to viewing more of your photos.

Hello Jane

Excellent close-up photo of this Thrasher,
very fine POV and framing, i love the light,
excellent focus sharpness details, excellent contrast,



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-24 9:59]

Hello Jane,
The colouration and only slightly curved bill say that you are right in your ID.
A fine capture of a Bendire's Thrasher. The features are well shown with fine sharpness and natural colours from a nice lateral POV on the top of the oak branch with the blue sky providing a fine BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

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