Thursday, April 8, 2010

Varied Thrush Pair


Zac and I went for a nice long hike in the community forest two days ago. The redwoods don't make it easy to take bird photographs for two main reasons: it's really dark in the forest and it's not very easy to see the birds. I usually don't even take the 500 mm with me for these reasons. But, I haven't gotten any good bird photos for a couple weeks so I figured I'd give it a go. Glad I brought it because there was a varied thrush pair being extremely cooperative. Bird Photography Weekly
The male was perched nicely and I was able to get a full frame shot of him, nice! The female was foraging on the ground after the male flew off. She hung around for a couple photos while the male was singing sweetly to her some meters away. So that was cool.
As for other birds, there was an opening at a couple points on the trail at higher elevations. The lower vegetation and flowers attracted a few Allen's and Rufous Hummingbirds, so we hung out and watched them put on some very enthusiastic displays for their prospective females. I had the settings wrong (dammit!) otherwise I would have had a pretty nice flight shot of one of them. Grrr. There were also lots of winter wrens singing their hearts out. We made it into a 3-4 hour hike...good stuff! Camera Critters

35 comments:

Debra said...

These are fantastic shots! The last one seems to be looking at you and it gave you such a nice pose. Oh man, I know your frustration in not having the right settings and missing a spectacular shot....it's such a bummer. Maybe next time you'll get the shot you were aiming for. :)

EG Wow said...

It's sich a pretty bird. I'm glad you took your powerful lens too!

KaHolly said...

Jill, these photos are wonderful. What a perfectly lovely walk - just the birdsong alone would have made it a heavenly experience. Thrush and wrens! Thank you so much for your encouraging comment on my post today. It really meant a lot to me. ~kaholly

Carolyn Ford said...

They have such wonderful golden colors...despite missing a great shot...you captured others. As soon as I think I will leave something behind...that's when I can use it. I get nervous just knowing I don't have it...and, that includes Excedrin!

Stephanie V said...

Yes...those thrushes are posing just for you - and us. I love to see them in the garden just when their cousins, the robins, have gone. Now you have their company and we have the robins.

Susan said...

Ah, lucky you! I have never seen a Varied Thrush (yet!) Your photos are beautiful of it!

Dominic Gendron said...

The first one is simply...awseome! What a great bird, very well captured ;)

Seagull Steve said...

Looking at birds in the redwoods borders on being painful at times. Great shot of the male! Its a crippling looking bird with an even better song. I don't know how people get such good shots using a flash with a 500mm lens....

NatureFootstep said...

great photos as always. And this one don´t come here.
One day, when I´m feeling like done over here I might consider visiting California. :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: What a beauty.

cat said...

What a little sweetheart :) Fantastic shots!

Piyush said...

Now that's a cute little bird :)

Phil said...

It's a stunning species and your pictures do the bird justice. Wish we had such a thrush in the UK.

Kilauea Poetry said...

This makes me wish I had a super zoom! Wow, just lovely!

Steve Borichevsky said...

I've only seen one Varied Thrush up in Washington. A beautiful bird. Don't beat youself up about the camera settings. At least it was digital and you didn't burn $$$ on film and processing like I used to!

i beati said...

gorgeous someone I don't see here in Fla..sk

Carletta said...

The detail in that first shot is amazing!
There's always one shot that gets away; but coming here a little while now you get quite a few wonderful shots! :)
Always nice work.

Michael said...

The full frame shot is superb. They are all pretty good but that one is great. Thanks for sharing.

Captain Shagrat said...

She definately looks like she's smitten with his singing. Just come back from a three hike too the weather was great for a change

Willard said...

A beautiful bird, superbly captured!

Lavender Cottage said...

I'm glad you were able to capture these birds on your hike; they are very pretty.

Ladynred said...

That's beautiful bird. love the color! oh yah! the settings. It happens..

Anna said...

These birds are just gorgeous. I'm glad they cooperated.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Lovely photos of a pair of colourful birds. Valerie

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Beautiful! He must have known you were going to post his photos on your blog therefore making him famous.

Clytie said...

These birds are beautiful. I'm so glad they posed for you!

I like the lighting - I really get the feeling of being in an ancient forest ... alone in the world.

eileeninmd said...

The Varied Thrush are pretty birds, Jill! Wondeful photos as usual. I would love to see these birds some day.

Wren said...

Wonderful - the first is my favorite, with the catchlight in his eye. Pretty amazing, given the circumstances.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

They are beautiful birds.

Nice shots. :)

Larry said...

Wow Jill, super shot of the male Varied Thrush! You never know when you're going to get that great shot. I for one am glad you took the 500.

Really nice shots of the female too. I would love to see a pair of these beauties.

I empathize with your plight of the wrong settings. I guess it happens to all of us. At least you have Rufous Hummingbirds over there. I haven't seen any yet.

mick said...

Great photos and I'm glad you decided to carry that lens!

MaineBirder said...

Absolutely beautiful photos of the Varied Thrush!

Bob Kaufman said...

I love Varied Thrushes! They're not that common in California. Those really lovely shots you got of them. Thanks for sharing (brings back memories) :)

outwalkingthedog said...

Beautiful - such a lovely golden color.

Gunnar Engblom said...

Beautiful. Great shots!