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Bendire's thrasher        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Bendire's thrashers are desert birds, very similar to the somewhat larger curve-billed thrasher that shares much of their range.   Bendire's thrashers have one of the smallest breeding ranges of any bird in the US, although it covers parts of 5 southwestern states.   Like all thrashers, they have a complex and lovely song.   This one was photographed on a late Spring morning in the southern portion of Joshua Tree National Park in California.

  • Canon 1D4; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2013)