Sunday, 10 January 2016

Black Redstart in the Rain.













The female Black Redstart is similar to the female Redstart, but slightly darker in colour. It's quite common in mountain districts, and I saw a pair on the farm in September. Ofcouse they have left now, but whilst they were here I had opportunity to photograph this female through the window of my studio.The glass got a bit steamed up, probably because I got a little excited at seeing them. The male was busy hunting and didn't stay long enough for me to get a good shot of him before he flew off again to find food. They made fast work of the Virginia creeper berries however, as did many birds in the area.
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34 comments:

eileeninmd said...

What a sweet bird, love the images and colors. Enjoy your new week ahead!

Marie C said...

Beautiful bird, especially against that red foliage!

Giga said...

It looks beautiful on a background of red plants. Regards.

Debbie said...

omgoodness, what gorgeous images. such a cute little bird and such a great background for these images. i love those little droplets visable on him!!!

Linda said...

Your gorgeous photos are bringing me so much joy this morning! Thank you so much for sharing them! All they need is a frame! :)

Ela said...

Wow ! These are so fantastic shots !!!
Greetings

Teresa said...

Están preciosas. Besitos.

Joke (Joke's Camera) said...

Great series, Sonjia. Your compositions are fantastic, the bird with those red branches. I hope that they will come back this year. Greetings, Joke

Nick Morgan said...

Beautiful. I would never have known that was a Black Redstart!

A Quiet Corner said...

Great photos of the Redstart! I've never seen one except in pictures. We have Virginia Creeper here but I never knew it to have berries!!...:) JP

Anni said...

Your photos would make excellent note cards printed up and boxed!! Beautiful images.

I've not heard of a black redstart, so this is a new one for me!

thanks for adding and sharing your link for us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend.

Adam said...

cute bird

Michelle said...

Beautiful colors in these shots!

Linda said...

How pretty! So colorful!

susan said...

very pretty bird against the red creeper

Gosia k said...

great small bird

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

The bare stalks of the red berries form a lovely foil to frame this bird. Delightful images.

Stuart Price said...

Wow haven't seen one of those for years............

hmuxo said...

Amazing photos!!!! I would love to know what kind of tree/bush this is!!!!! The bird is SO beautiful.....

hmuxo said...

Oops....Virginia creeper! Just saw it!

Denise inVA said...

Your photos are delightful. Such a pretty little bird and the background is a lovely part of these shots. Thanks for visiting me. You have a lovely blog.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, stunning images, love 'em.

Christine said...

Oh what superb photos! This little bird is so sweet looking around for berries! No wonder you were excited to see it! It looks so well against the red of the Virginia creeper!

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous little thing among the red!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a sweet little bird! You got so many wonderful photos through your window. The photos are so colorful!

Thank you for your well wishes --my eyes are coming along and hopefully soon I'll be using less eye drops. I feel very fortunate!

Phil Slade said...

Hello Sonjia. My header of Black Redstart, a first autumn bird, was taken in Cyprus in the month of November.

Forgive me but I think your photos depict a Nightingale, unfortunately I am unable to see the back and tail of the bird to confirm the ID. I have no experience of Black Redstarts in Portugal but I would not expect them to eat berries as you describe as the species is insectivorous.

The Black Redstart of any age/sex does not show a white throat. The overall colour of your bird is a warm, plain brown. The bird also has a very black eye with an indistinct eye ring. It has the appearance of a juvenile bird which would fit with your September timing.

Regards
Phil

Rose said...

You could not have ask for a better background...and subject. They make fine, fine pictures.

Mike Attwood said...

Hi Sonjia, Beautiful pictures. I refrained from commenting straight away because I wasn't sure. Having never seen a female black redstart I waited to see if there any other opinions and Phil Slade seems to have got it right. A beautiful bird and beautiful pictures.
Regards Mike.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow! Gorgeous shots!

Liz Needle said...

Lovely shots of this cute little bird. She looks similar to some of the small birds we have around here. I can never tell them apart as they all look alike and they don't sit still for long enough.

EG CameraGirl said...

The Redstart is so cute sitting amongst all that red!

Helma said...

Wonderful to see this Black Redstart.
You've made some very nice pictures of.
I hope this also ever even get to the lens :-)

Warmest regards, Helma

miss-cherry said...

Piękny ptaszek. Cudowne fotki

Polly said...

Gorgeous photos, what a pretty bird.

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