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PIC OF THE WEEK: 07/07/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Brown Thrasher

(Toxostoma rufum)

Where: Richmond, VA • Glidewell Rd.

Notes: Ever since 2006, when I first photographed a nesting pair of this species in a neighbor’s yard, they have had a special place in my heart (SEE: 05/14/2007 Pic of the Week). These beautiful mimics, with their rusty-red back, spotted belly and very long tail, are a frequent visitor at my backyard birdbath during the breeding season. This is photo especially poignant this week, as I await the arrival of the first “hot off the press” copies of my new booklet “BIRD SPA - DIY Installation Instructions and Parts List”. What once started as a desire to add the vital survival ingredient of water to my landscaping, unknowingly became a catalyst. The inspiration was sparked from a single photograph captured of a Cedar Waxwing pair at the newly installed birdbath (SEE: Pic of the Week 01/15/07). Their unique pose and interaction, I found aesthetically pleasing. The more I watched the water trickling and dripping across the rock, the more species and numbers of birds I saw. Then after moving to a new city and installing another one of the little water-features there, I was once again treated to an unbelievable assortment of bathers, totaling OVER sixty species! I began to share the images with garden clubs, camera clubs and birding organizations. I nearly always got requests for hardcopies of the installation part of that program (PROGRAM: Attracting Birds With Water - Wet & Wild). Finally, I set aside enough time to accomplish this goal and publish the instruction guide. Thanks to all who prompted me to do this and especially to my wife, Lori for her patience, friendship, love and support.

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THE BIRD SPA

The Birdbath Alternative • DIY Installation Instructions and Parts List

Birds, like all other animals, prefer habitats that meet all their basic survival needs: food, shelter and WATER! They depend on water to condition their feathers for flight, to help maintain their body temperature, for hydration, and for hygiene. A landscape with a consistent, clean running water source will attract both a greater number of species and a higher count of birds. This especially applies to the many migratory and insect-eating species too. The Bird Spa is a low maintenance water feature, designed specifically for birds. Over seventy-five plus species attracted at a single location in central Virginia.
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AND AT SCHEDULED EVENTSSEE: TESTIMONIES. • MORE INFO: THE BIRD SPA

THE BIRD SPA BOOKLET
Instructions and Parts List
$15.00

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iPhotoBirds Print Brown Thrasher (BRTH-H-2946)

Archival quality fine art print, standard size for easy framing, hand signed by the artist, with white matte, backing board and clear protective cover. Image cropping may vary slightly depending on print size.
Print Size: 5" x 7" (with 8" x 10" Matte) . . . $20.00
Print Size: 8" x 10" (with 11" x 14" Matte) . . . $40.00
Print Size: 11" x 14" (with 16" x 20" Matte) . . . $75.00

Shipping & Handling is $5.95 TOTAL PER ORDER (Domestic Priority US Mail), no matter how many items purchased. VA State sales tax applies.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101 • Remote Shutter Release

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1000 second • Aperture = f-8 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 04-14-14

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