Tag Archives: Olive Thrush

Here’s Looking at You, Kid!

Olive Thrush 1

Olive Thrush 1

Most birds I happen to spot in my garden are wary of me. They stop what they’re doing and watch me carefully to see if I am a threat.

The slightest movement on my part and they’re off; instantly taking flight with a flurry of feathers. I find it difficult to snap one single shot of them and time and again find I have captured an empty branch or fence.

Olive Thrush 2

Olive Thrush 2

Then there’s this chap!

My cheeky Olive Thrush.

When I open my curtains in the morning and happen to see him on the lawn, all he does is stop for a second and scrutinise me.

I can take as many photos as I like, since he’s not the least bit bothered about my presence.

In fact, he quite clearly wonders how I dare to be there in his territory!

Olive Thrush 3

Olive Thrush 3

He is the one saying, Here’s looking at you, kid!

 

Twitterpated!

Olive Thrush 1

Olive Thrush 1

This little Olive Thrush has obviously decided my stoep is untidy and needs cleaning up.

Olive Thrush 2

Olive Thrush 2

Of course, he could simply be gathering nesting material!

Olive Thrush 3

Olive Thrush 3

And after all that hard work, time for a bath;

Olive Thrush 4

Olive Thrush 4

Or a shower!

Olive Thrush 5

Olive Thrush 5

Using all the dogs’ water bowls, he obviously wants to look his very best . . .

Olive Thrush 6

Olive Thrush 6

. . . To impress the ladies!

Twitterpated indeed!

 

Cape Robin

Cape Robin 1

Cape Robin 1

The distinguished Cape Robin stops by for a photo session.

There was some discussion on my blog a little while ago, about the Olive Thrush looking like a Robin. (see Pantaloons!)

I was wondering how I was ever going to demonstrate the difference between them, as the pushy Thrush has chased the Cape Robin away and it has been a very long time; years in fact; since I last saw a robin in my garden.

Cape Robin 2

Cape Robin 2

The little Cape Robin must have heard my silent wishes, because Lo and Behold, he miraculously appeared on my fence and posed long enough for me to take a few shots from inside the house (through the window, hence the poor quality). How lucky is that?

Cape Robin 3

Cape Robin 3

And for comparison, here is the pushy Olive Thrush.

Olive Thrush 5

Olive Thrush 5

Olive Thrush 1

Olive Thrush 1

Olive Thrush 2

Olive Thrush 2

You can find more photos of an Olive Thrush in the following posts:

The Culprit;  Sky Lark or Nightingale?; Pantaloons and Why I Am Not a World-Renowned Wildlife Photographer.

Now you can clearly see the difference. The Robin is much smarter!

 

After all, though a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, clearly

 a Robin by any other name . . . would look totally different!

 

Pantaloons!

Olive Thrush 1 Pantaloons!

Olive Thrush 1 Pantaloons!

This Olive Thrush loves to take his bath here in the dog’s water bowl, instead of in the bird bath provided. After a dip, he perched on the edge of the bowl and floofed his feathers out, looking like he was wearing pantaloons!

Olive Thrush 3

Olive Thrush 2

Here he is, splashing merrily away; spilling lots of water.

So that is why there is never any water in the dog’s bowls!

Olive Thrush 4

Olive Thrush 3

And here he is taking a bath; even in the rain!

You’d think that all he had to do was stand out on the stoep and the heavy rain would do the rest. With all the water shortages we have had lately, he could save water and take a shower instead of a bath!

 

Sky Lark or Nightingale?

Sky Lark?

Sky Lark?

Actually neither!

As you can see from the jaunty tail –

Nightingale?

Nightingale?

It is my old nemesis, the Olive Thrush; Larking about in the Sky at Night!

Olive Thrush 1

Olive Thrush 1

He is the first to sing in the pitch black long before dawn. and the last to sing as the shadows lengthen and night falls. He makes the most of the day – and night!

Olive Thrush 2

Olive Thrush 2

This is about the only time he is quiet: when he has his mouth stuffed full of food!

Singing, “I’m too cheeky for this post!”

 

Why I am Not a World-Renowned Wildlife Photographer

Olive Thrush

Olive Thrush

I thought I had finally managed to photograph the elusive Olive Thrush. I had seen it around my garden for a while now, but it always flew away before I could take its picture. Then I saw it on my stoep. I grabbed my camera and from 10 metres back inside the house, with maximum zoom, I tried my luck. I couldn’t get any closer because my dog, Little Monkey, was right by the door, and any movement on my part would have resulted in instant investigation by her. So this was the result. Bum Cheeks!

Olive Thrush 2

Olive Thrush 2

If you’d like to see really good bird photos you could try one of the blogs I follow –

The Ouachita Shutterbug

Birds by Dave