Swainson's Thrush eating a cherry

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I was photographing cedar waxwings in a cherry tree and saw this thrush trying to eat a cherry that had fallen on the ground. Trouble with the seed?

Technical Details

Z9, 560mm, f8, 1/500sec

I don’t know what the thrush’s problem might have been, but it’s a great series, Dan. Excellent detail and exposure. Out of curiosity, when was this taken? Just want to know if you’re still seeing these around.

It was taken in July. I hear this bird most evenings at my home but not for the last couple of weeks. Never thought I would see one or have the opportunity to photograph.

Hi Dan, really nice series. I think the second shot is my favorite with the cherry stuck right on the end of the beak. I find the surroundings natural and interesting. Well done.

Thanks - pure luck!!

Hi Dan, Nice sequence. I also like the second best, the thrush seems to be the sharpest. Also like the setting.

Thanks, Allen.

Hello Dan, I too like the second in the series - the bird has been separated from the twig near it in the first, and the moment of the cherry stuck on its beak has great impact. Nice series overall, but that second image is very nice!

@brenda_tharp . Thank you for commenting. As you know, getting an unusual photograph often has to do with being in the right place at the right time. I found this sequence interesting mostly because actually getting to see a Swainson’s Thrush is a real treat. Where I live their song fills the forest in the summer evenings. Often heard, seldom seen.