I went birding today — well animal-ing, for I also saw an otter. While I photographed many species of birds, it wasn’t until I returned to the comfort of my home that I managed a good shot, and that was taken — gulp — looking through a window.
The Varied Thrush is a skittish bird. While it is related to the robin, it lacks the robin’s sangfroid and will bolt at the slightest perceived threat, which it interprets as the sight of anything at all. Consequently, the best pictures of it I have ever managed have been taken using my home or car as a blind.
The Varied Thrush, a striking bird in black and orange, is a contrast to our monochromatic winter.