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Rufous-Sided Towhee


Towhee on Beach

This brilliantly-colored member of the finch family is slightly smaller than a robin at 7 to 8 1/2 inches long [18 to 22 cm]. It has a distinctive white breast, black head and striking rufous (red) sides. Both sexes have bright red eyes. It gets its name from its to-wheee trill. It inhabits forest edges and thickets from Southern Canada down to northern Central America. I photographed this bird in a apple orchard, with the bright colors of the bird contrasting with the broad expanse of sky. The diagonal composition of the branch adds interest.


Kodachrome Professional film,
natural light, telephoto lens,
high-speed exposure

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