A Rare Sighting

During my last kayak outing, I was both surprised and pleased to catch some rarely seen birds … the Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum). These birds typically keep to heavy thickets, making it difficult to spot them. But while kayaking, I was fortunate to see a total of three, out in the open. The one sitting alone in the tree is an adult (as evidenced by it’s yellow eyes), while the image with two birds contains one adult (yellow eyes) and one juvenile (grayish eyes). Here are some of my favorite images captured from the kayak:

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Another great example of how kayaking can get you close to otherwise, hard-to-see birds.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld from the kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. to 1/4000 sec.

 

 

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Posted in 2016, Bird Photography, Birds, Blog, Nature Photography, Photography from a kayak
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