What?? Me Angry??

Is this an angry bird or what?  In fact, he looks like he is ready to tear into anybody that messes with him.  He is the Curve-billed Thrasher, (Toxostoma curvirostre).  Rest assured, he only looks like that way.  There is no record of any attack on a human by this ferocious looking individual of the avian world.  Even his voice is more of a tweet than a growl.

Curve-billed Thrasher

I took these images of him while visiting the bird blind at San Angelo State Park on Monday morning.  You may remember that was the day that I left Ann at home to do the house-cleaning.  He was under some shrubs near the blind, but would scurry out periodically to peck around in the grass.  He spends most of his life in the desert southwest.

Curve-billed Thrasher

The photos were taken with my Canon EOS 7D and 100-400mm zoom lens.  The first two images exposed at 1/1250 sec. @ f8, ISO 640.  The bottom at 1/500 sec. @ f8, ISO 1600.

Curve-billed Thrasher

Update:  Ann’s cataract surgery on her left eye went off perfectly and she will be out birding with me in the next day or two.  She sends her thanks to all of you that had her in your thoughts.  She will have the same thing done to her right eye in a couple of weeks.

Click on any image to see an enlargement.

28 thoughts on “What?? Me Angry??

  1. I really like this bird, Bob! He has character, grumpy or not! By the way, I was looking at Karen’s (Karma) comment! I have been working through the ‘Angry Birds’ game on my phone (sounds an odd thing to do)! It’s great fun but I keep getting stuck! Don’t recognise any of the birds on it though!



  2. Very nice images of an interesting subject Bob. Sure wish we had them around here. I photographed my first Sage Thrasher of the season yesterday and it turns out it had a deformed bill – upper mandible shorter and less curved than the lower.

  3. Nice images, Bob. Pound for pound the Curve-billed Thrashers are the meanest looking, most intimidating birds I’ve seen. Glad to hear the surgery went well for Ann.

  4. He does look a little fierce with the yellow eyes. Great Photos. So glad Ann’s surgery went off perfectly..Have a great day and best to your “better” half..lol.

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