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Varied thrush        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Varied thrushes are robin-like birds of deep forests in the Pacific Northwest and southern Alaska.   They are easily identified by their gray or black breast-bands and orange wing-bars.   Markings are much brighter in adult males (above, photographed near Anchorage, Alaska).   The birds below (both in somewhat ragged post-breeding molt) were photographed near Seward, Alaska as they fed on soapberries.   I think the bird in the bottom image may be a fledgling or juvenile.

  • Canon 10D or 1D4; 500 mm f4 IS lens + 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2011)