Fearless Fieldfare

February 24, 2013  •  1 Comment

Fieldfares are usually very wary, to the point where I've singularly failed to get any photos of one in many years of trying. I managed a few when the snow came down earlier this year, but wasn't completely satisfied. So it was brilliant to get another bite at the cherry this afternoon in Essex. Originally Mick, Richard, Kev and I had been after the long-staying Long-tailed Duck at Shoeburyness, and although it had been there yesterday, it was a no-show today. A Fieldfare made ample compensation though. Light was OK, topped out at 1/320th I think, and in post-processing I have added some warmth that was completely lacking in the field. We spent about an hour with this bird, and after an initial period of flightiness, it seemed to become accustomed to our presence and spent a lot of time feeding in the middle of us as we clicked away. Good practice for Morocco, which is just around the corner! There are a few more images in the "Thrushes" gallery.

 


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Teresa Chant(non-registered)
Spotted one of these in my garden today, the first time I've ever seen one. It stayed a long time feeding on the dried mealworms and fat pellets and saw off a few blackbirds, what a beautiful bird, very pleased to have seen it.
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