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Hermit Thrush Takes a Bath

This Hermit Thrush enjoyed taking a bath for several minutes along the edge of a small pool in Toronto (October 19). Cloudy skies at the time combined with a relatively fast shutter speed of 1/1250 s increased my ISO setting to 4000 or 5000 for these photos; however, I find the Canon 1D-X is pretty capable of handling the resulting noise, especially when noise reduction is applied as is the case here. Whenever possible I like to capture bird behaviours in my photos. This individual entertained me as it splashed around several times and seemed oblivious to my presence.

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 4000, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

 In between dips in the water the Hermit Thrust stood perched on a rock occasionally preening itself as shown in these next two photos.

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 5000, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 5000, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

 

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Happy Birding,

Claude

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