Friday, 5 October 2012

Common Redstart

A few weeks ago a juvenile Common Redstart was at Ferry Meadows, a nice bird in any ones book, but I had already seen one earlier in the year, so didn't rush down to see it. The bird continued to stay and so I thought it was my duty to get a view of this fine little bird and see if I could get a photo of it.

I am posting these photos a little late, I don't really know why, perhaps it is due to the fact that they aren't really that great.



This bird was a juvenile male, obviously from this years young and stopping off on his long flight to central Africa where he will spend the winter.

16 comments:

  1. Nice pictures John of a bird I have not seen this year.

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    1. Thanks Mike,
      I have been lucky and seen two locally, obviously both passing through on their way to and from breeding grounds further west.
      J

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  2. They are much better than mine John.

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    1. I wouldn't say that Roy, but 'Thank you'.
      J

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  3. Very nice John! Sweet looking bird! Its so amazing to think of the distance these little birds can travel!

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    1. Thanks Tammy,
      It never ceases to amaze me of the journeys these birds take. We moan if we have to walk to the shops! ;)
      J

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  4. The second photo is particularly good John. Always well worth publishing something like that!
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    1. Thanks Bazza, glad you think so.
      J

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  5. Lovely, juvenile Common Redstart, I haven't seen one this year. Cheers for that.

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    1. Thanks Bob, as I said, I am lucky in seeing two, some years I go without.
      J

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  6. Lovely shots of one of my favourite birds :-) We have a small breeding population of Redstarts up on the Yorkshire Wolds but I have never been able to get any pictures as good as these.

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    1. Thanks Wold Ranger,
      You are lucky to have a breeding population, we have to rely on migration for our views of this lovely bird.
      J

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  7. What a sweet little bird, John! Lovely shots! I'd be interested in seeing your camera gear (especially the scope that allows you to capture birds closer, I assume?)

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    1. Thanks Liz,
      It's a spotting scope that is used for viewing the birds which I then point a camera through to take a close up shot, known as 'digiscoping', although I haven't been doing much of that lately, I have been using my new Canon Powershot SX40 HS, which has a terrific 35x zoom on it, allowing me to get quite close.
      J

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    1. Thanks Gillian, it was a lovely little bird.
      J

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