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3rd Place in the YOU CHOOSE – Mammals or Birds in the Fall Challenge in the Nature Photography Challenge group
3rd Place in the Autumn Delights ~ Fall in the Pacific Northwest Challenge in the Pacific Northwest Group
Featured in “300+ Go Long!” November 2009
Featured in “Songbirds of North America” November 2009
Featured in “Pacific Northwest” November 2009
Featured in “Nature Photography Challenge” November 2011
Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it” October 2012
Featured on Redbubble “Explore” October 3rd 2012
Photographed in Lantzville, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
The Varied thrush (Ixoreus naevius) is a member of the Turdidae (thrush) family and breeds in western North America from Alaska to northern California. Its breeding habitat is dense coniferous forest, and two to five eggs are laid in a nest in a tree.
The Varied Thrush mainly feeds near the ground, where it forages for invertebrates, but will also eat berries and certain seeds.
The male has a striking appearance, being dark blue-gray above with bright orange wing bars, throat, lateral head stripe and underparts. It also has a black breast band and face mask. The female and juvenile birds are browner above and the orange is less striking with the breast band and face mask being a blotchy brown.
1/100sec f8 ISO 400
500mm lens + 1.4x converter