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Sage thrasher        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Sage thrashers nest in sagebrush shrub-steppe habitats.   Like all thrashers they have a lovely, complex song; unlike most they are fairly small, with a rather compact, slightly curved beak, and are heavily streaked and spotted underneath.   Sage thrashers are not common in southern California, but I found several of these birds at the University of California's Motte Rimrock Reserve and the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside, California.   The thrashers in the other images were photographed near Crowley Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada, or near Mono Lake, both in Mono County, California

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk II, or 1D4; 500mm f4 IS with 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013)