Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

February 22, 2010

Another Curve-billed Thrasher on Saguaro

Filed under: behavior, Birds, digital benefits, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light — richditch @ 1:48 pm
Curve-billed Thrasher

Curve-billed Thrasher

With some experience of birds and at a location it becomes easier to anticipate behavior. Knowing that its time for our resident Curve-billed Thrashers to be actively nesting I expect them to be spending time on the Saguaro Cacti near the parking lot at the Gilbert Water Ranch, just as they have done in previous years. I also know that morning light is best here, and the birds are less likely to fly immediately as they soak up the morning warmth.

Yes, I’ve taken similar shots of this species at this location many times before, but that doesn’t mean I should just ignore them on all future visits. As happy as you may be with a previous image you’ll never know if you can do even better unless you actually try. And since there’s no immediate cost associated with shooting digital you can always practice “catch and release” shooting if the latest efforts don’t meet or exceed previous sessions. In addition, it never hurts to have a bit of variety in your portfolio, so it is a good opportunity to try other compositions.

02/12/10, Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20e (2x), ISO 400, 1/160th second @ f/8, Gitzo tripod, about 20 minutes after sunrise.



  1. Hi Rich – another fantastic photo! I love the colors. In reference to your “catch and release” comment, I also never throw out a GOOD photo. I’ve gone back through my photos from time to time and found one that had really great features and wondered “now why didn’t I like that one before?”. If you have the disk space, keep ’em all, I say!!

    Comment by Robin McEntire — February 23, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

  2. Yes, definitely keep all the shots that exceed the minimum quality standard that you set. I shoot generously in the field, spend a lot of time culling the results of a shoot, name everything I take, and back up each shot on an external drive and on CD. Having the raw file available allows me to revisit any image I’ve taken and reprocess it with better software and improved post processing skills.

    Comment by richditch — February 23, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

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