Saturday, July 23, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Brown thrasher, foraging

Brown thrasher, foraging

With 3,000 (!) distinct songs in its repertoire, the brown thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) has a right to be loquacious: it's the official bird of the state of Georgia, USA. Here, seen ground-foraging, in DeKalb County, Georgia. 18 April 2021.

The brown thrasher is a large bird (almost a foot in length) with a long, curved bill and a very long tail. It has two prominent white wing bars, a rich brown color on its top side, and a creamy white breast heavily streaked with brown. ¶ In 1935, Eugene Talmadge, then governor of the state of Georgia, proclaimed the brown thrasher as the state bird, but it would not be until 1970 that the Georgia legislature would officially designate it as such.
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  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 30 of 52, for year 2022. See it at Flickr: here.
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  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
      • Lens: Lumix G Vario 100-300/F4.0-5.6
      • Settings: 264 mm | 1/640 sec | ISO 200 | ƒ/5.6

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