This gallery contains 3 photos. This morning brought a real treat. I was able to capture this male Varied Thrush, calmly sitting in the kiwi vines. Normally, this beautiful but ultra-secretive bird flies off at the first sign of a human, but for some reason, it let me open the door to the backyard and walk (very slowly 🙂 ) closer and closer to it — I was just 10 feet away when I got this shot. I think these birds are gradually associating us not just with food but safety as well.
My constant chirping served to pique the curiosity of this bird and assure it at the same time — so much so that it flew to the large Jubilee plum tree (not 7 feet away from me) to investigate. This second photo is another view of the same Varied Thrush, but from 30 feet away. This image has been close cropped. You’ll see why in the next photo. 🙂
What you didn’t see in the second photo that you now see in this third photo is the equally secretive Spotted Towhee photobombing the Varied Thrush. Birds do have a great sense of humour, and for a birder, this is like winning the lottery. 🙂