The towhee is one of my favorite local birds not only because of it’s beautiful coloring but also because of it’s call. I have been told that it is not good to imitate bird calls because this makes the bird think there is another of their kind competing for territory. Not sure if that is completely true but I can’t resist answering their calls and hearing them return the song.
I had more of a challenge getting a good shot of this bird than I was expecting. They seem to be very aware of my presence and quite skittish when anything moves nearby. I sometimes have trouble distinguishing the towhee from a robin when sighting them from a distance. The coloring is similar but the towhee has a much more slender build and has a white under-side where the robin is mostly orange underneath.
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800