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PIC OF THE WEEK: 11/14/16 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2016 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Bedford County, VA • Rt. 43
Notes: Upon entering the deep deciduous forest, the melodious flute-like call ‘Eeee-oo-laaaraaay” permeates the lower canopy. It is a welcoming sound that invites deeper travel into the woods for a glimpse of its source. This plump Thrush is in the same family as the American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Veery as well as our other Thrushes. This eight inch long songbird has a heavily speckled white belly and a rusty-brown back that camouflages it against the leave covered ground. It is often seen foraging for insects and ground invertebrates along the forest floor, but they also eat fruit. Unlike the Hermit Thrush that is only here in Virginia for the winter, this species is a breeding season bird in the eastern United States. The male typically handles most of the chick feeding duties. This frees up his mate to start a second nest for the season. They winter in southern Mexico and Central America, about a 1,500 mile trek each way. There populations have dropped significantly most likely due to forest fragmentation, nest parasitism by Brown Cowbirds and ground invertebrate poisoning, due to acid rain. It would be a shame to find silence instead of this consummate songster under the tall canopy of our eastern deciduous forests.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo Series 3 Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-10
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/640 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 3200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~30 Feet • Date Shot: 05-23-16

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