Varied  Thrush, Autumn Leaves by Martin Smart


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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.

Canon 40D
1/100sec f8 ISO 400
500mm lens + 1.4x converter


british columbia, passerine, songbird, varied thrush

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  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesover 4 years ago

    Thats a nice looking bird Martin.

  • Thank you Jon!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 4 years ago

    Good low PoV and excellent use of DoF, wonderful sharpness on the Thrush and lots of detail too.

  • Many thanks David, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Olga Zvereva
    Olga Zverevaover 4 years ago

    So beautiful bird! Great shot, Martin!

  • Thank you so much Olga!

    – Martin Smart

  • jeffrae
    jeffraeover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot taken at a great angle and the leaves add such great texture.

  • Thank you very much Jeffrae!

    – Martin Smart

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Such beautiful vibrant colors Martin, commendable capture Martin, and well documented, a new one for me for sure…inst fave

  • Thanks very much for your kind comments Larry, truly appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • PapasGirl
    PapasGirlover 4 years ago

    WOW…this is alive with color…wonderful capture

  • Thank you very much PapasGirl, I appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    beautiful capture, gorgeous colors !
    my best, francis.

  • Thanks so much francis!

    – Martin Smart

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    WOW,………Martin, this is one stunning capture of a Varied Thrush!!! The bird stands out so beautifully against the complimentary autumn shaded leaves and contrasting rich green grass! The color and detailing of the bird couldn’t be better! Enjoyed reading the information you provided as well! : )

  • Many thanks for your kind comments Sandy which are much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 4 years ago

    wow so beautiful!!! love looking at the different types of birds and animals from all around the world!!! you have captured this so beautifully!!!

  • Hi Dave & Treena, thanks so much for your kind comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldover 4 years ago

    i have never seen this bird, it’s lovely,nice capture

  • Thank you very much Lynda!

    – Martin Smart

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