Going through old images again from the past year or more. I decided to give some press time to this fierce looking bird.
Actually, the Curve-billed Thrasher isn’t really menacing. But you wouldn’t believe it by looking into the adult’s eyes. They are a bright reddish orange, and along with it’s curved bill, it looks downright mean. Also, it’s call is a meek sounding tweet, not a growl.
I took this image of an adult nearly a year ago as it was hunkered down in some grass.
Last September I came across this juvenile, pictured below. At first I thought that it may have been a Sage Thrasher. Since it was photographed here in San Angelo, a ‘sage’ would been away from it’s usual area which is farther west. But after looking at it closely, I found that it was indeed a juvenile Curve-billed. Notice the paler, or yellow eyes that was one of the deciding marks of a younger bird.
Thanks for visiting my blog again. Click on any image to see some enlargements.