Sage Thrasher in Golden Light

A Sage Thrasher in golden lightA Sage Thrasher in golden light- Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I didn’t get to see Greater Sage Grouse on my recent trip to southern Utah but I did get a few brief looks at another sagebrush obligate when a single Sage Thrasher popped up into view. It was my first of year sighting of these small thrashers this season which made me eager  to see them closer to home. They are migrating north now and will show up in northern Utah soon.

I wasn’t able to get a single image of the Sage Thrasher before it flew away but I’m glad I was able to see it.

The songs of Sage Thrashers are beautiful and when I am photographing them I also get to listen and enjoy it as their melodious songs float across the sagebrush steppe and grasslands.

Last year I was able to photograph the courtship displays that Sage Thrashers exhibit, Undulating Flight and Bilateral Wing Displays, for the first time which was exciting for me. I hope that I will be able to see and photograph their courtship displays again this season.

The photograph above of a Sage Thrasher in the golden light just after dawn was taken at the end of the nesting season and just before the thrashers headed south.

Life is good. Birds are good.



  1. Elephant's Child March 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    That golden light is glorious.
    As is the bird.

  2. Bob McPherson March 6, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia.

  3. Patty Chadwick March 6, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Love the liquid quality of the bird song…like a small, fast moving stream tumbling over mossy rocks…wish it last mant times longer…..

  4. Patty Chadwick March 6, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Soft, warm colors…beautiful bird….nice!

  5. Colleen Crank March 6, 2016 at 6:51 am

    A beautiful song to accompany a beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing.

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