Swainson's Thrush

June 10, 2013 Posted by: Luke Rosier

After finishing a walk with a group from Premier Alaska Tours I had a few extra minutes before my ride was ready to head back to Seward.  So I decided to do a little birding.  At 1:30 pm on a relatively hot day there wasn’t a whole lot of commotion in the bird world near Exit Glacier.  10 minutes down the trail though I did notice the slightly different song of a Swainson’s Thrush.  I am very accustomed to hearing the rising-then-falling flute-like call of the Hermit Thrush.  This time however, there was a very persistent song that was equally flute like but it only ascends in pitch.  I pin pointed the sound and saw the individual opening his beak wide to let the world know of his presence high in a cottonwood tree.  Luckily I had a camera with a telephoto zoom lens.  I was able to get a few shots of him singing away in the cottonwood shade.  When I got back to the office a quick edit with an artistic filter resulted in this shot:

swainsons thrush

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