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PIC OF THE WEEK: 03/13/17 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2017 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Richmond, VA
Notes: It seems the last couple of weather seasons have been out of the norm. This oddity is expressed in nature with unusual visitors and sometimes in abnormal residents. For the first time in a decade this Brown Thrasher stayed the entire winter in my neighborhood. Richmond is just a little outside of this species’ year-round range and is typically only here during the breeding season. I have seen this bird kicking and “thrashing” the leaf litter under the Azalea and Arborvitaes bushes in search of seed, worms and bugs many times. This Thrasher has appeared at The Bird Spa once every few days since last fall, sometimes once or as many as several times a day. Typically already on the ground, it jumps up onto the bath’s rock and swallows a drink or two. Because its beak does not work like a straw, it must scoop water into its mouth and then lift its head up for it to roll down its throat. Other times it proceeds directly into the puddle for a bath. Thrashers are amongst the most vigorous splashers. Water sprays a few feet in every direction as it whips its wings and tail in the shallow pool. The Brown Thrasher is also one of the few species that will preen while it sits in the trickling water. This handsome foot-long beauty is in the mimic family and is closely related to the Gray Catbird and Northern Mockingbird.

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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-101 • Remote Shutter Release
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/200 second • Aperture = f-11 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 3200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~14 Feet • Date Shot: 02-22-17

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