Georgia’s State Bird

One of the frequent visitors to my yard is the Brown Thrasher, Georgia’s state bird.  It is interesting to watch these birds move around.  They don’t go to the feeders often but seem to prefer staying on the ground and occasionally, fly up into the trees as seen here.

I love to watch them displaying their namesake behavior as they move through the debris on the ground and thrash about, looking to scare up insects or other bits and pieces to eat.  I had a bit of a challenge trying to get a good shot as they don’t seem to sit still and are easily startled.  Each time I moved to focus on one of them, they would swivel their head and get ready to fly off.

I probably need to keep watching them and maybe I will also construct some kind of perch near my feeders to create a place for birds to stay near the food source but have a more natural background.  Studying the habits of these animals is probably the best way to plan for better shots.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 –  1/125 sec – ISO 400


Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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