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Song Thrush

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Location: Schull, Ireland Date: 29/05/2015
Scientific Name: Turdus philomelos Pic By: Jen
Family: Thrush Size: 22cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 420/1 Wingspan: 33cm
Description: A familiar and popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously, especially on farmland making it a Red List species. Smaller and browner than a mistle thrush with smaller spotting. Its habit of repeating song phrases distinguish it from singing blackbirds. It likes to eat snails which it breaks into by smashing them against a stone with a flick of the head.

Song Thrush

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Location: Muck Ross House, Ireland Date: 26/05/2015
Scientific Name: Turdus philomelos Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 22cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 33cm
Description: A familiar and popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously, especially on farmland making it a Red List species. Smaller and browner than a mistle thrush with smaller spotting. Its habit of repeating song phrases distinguish it from singing blackbirds. It likes to eat snails which it breaks into by smashing them against a stone with a flick of the head.

Blackbird

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Location: Forest Farm NR Date: 05/04/2015
Scientific Name: Turdus merula Pic By: Jen
Family: Thrush Size: 24cm
ISO: 1000 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 36cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Blackbird

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Location: Cosmeston Date: 09/02/2015
Scientific Name: Turdus merula Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 24cm
ISO: 500 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D Mark II 400/1 Wingspan: 36cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Stonechat

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Location: Goldcliff NR Date: 16/09/2014
Scientific Name: Saxicola rubicola Pic By: Mark
Family: Chat Size: 12cm
ISO: 400 Gender: F
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 420/1 Wingspan: 20cm
Description: Stonechats are robin sized birds. Males have striking black heads with white around the side of their neck, orange-red breasts and a mottled brown back. Females lack the male's black head, but have brown backs and an orange tinge to their chests. Birds are frequently seen flicking their wings while perched, often doing so on the tops of low bushes. As its name suggests, birds utter a sharp loud call that sound like two stones being tapped together. They breed in western and southern parts of the UK, but disperse more widely in winter.

Stonechat

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Location: Fishguard Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Saxicola rubicola Pic By: Mark
Family: Chat Size: 12cm
ISO: 400 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 20cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Stonechat

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Location: Fishguard Date: 15/06/2014
Scientific Name: Saxicola rubicola Pic By: Mark
Family: Chat Size: 12cm
ISO: 400 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 20cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Common Redstart

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Location: Scotland Date: 30/05/2014
Scientific Name: Phoenicurus phoenicurus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 14cm
ISO: 800 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: Redstarts are immediately identifiable by their bright orange-red tails, which they often quiver. Breeding males look smart, with slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings, and an orange rump and chest. Females and young are duller. Redstarts 'bob' in a very robin-like manner, but spend little time at ground level. It is included on the Amber List as species with unfavourable conservation status in Europe where it is declining.

Common Redstart

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Location: Scotland Date: 30/05/2014
Scientific Name: Phoenicurus phoenicurus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 14cm
ISO: 800 Gender: F
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: Redstarts are immediately identifiable by their bright orange-red tails, which they often quiver. Breeding males look smart, with slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings, and an orange rump and chest. Females and young are duller. Redstarts 'bob' in a very robin-like manner, but spend little time at ground level. It is included on the Amber List as species with unfavourable conservation status in Europe where it is declining.

Mistle Thrush

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Location: Scotland Date: 29/05/2014
Scientific Name: Turdus viscivorus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 27cm
ISO: 1250 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 45cm
Description: This is a pale, black-spotted thrush - large, aggressive and powerful. It stands boldly upright and bounds across the ground while in flight, it has long wings and its tail has whitish edges. It is most likely to be noticed perched high at the top of a tree, singing its fluty song or giving its rattling call in flight.

Redwing

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Location: Forest Farm NR Date: 29/12/2013
Scientific Name: Turdus iliacus Pic By: Jen
Family: Thrush Size: 21cm
ISO: 1250 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon 7D/300L F4 + 1.4x Wingspan: 34cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Common Redstart

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Location: Goldcliff NR Date: 18/08/2013
Scientific Name: Phoenicurus phoenicurus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 14cm
ISO: 400 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D 400/1 Wingspan: 22cm
Description: Redstarts are immediately identifiable by their bright orange-red tails, which they often quiver. Breeding males look smart, with slate grey upper parts, black faces and wings, and an orange rump and chest. Females and young are duller. Redstarts 'bob' in a very robin-like manner, but spend little time at ground level. It is included on the Amber List as species with unfavourable conservation status in Europe where it is declining.

Blackbird

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Location: Pagham Harbor Date: 28/04/2011
Scientific Name: Turdus merula Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 24cm
ISO: 400 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon 7D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 36cm
Description: The blackbird male lives up to its name, however females are a streaked or spotted brown. The males have a bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring. The blackbird is one of the most common of UK birds and its mellow song is a favorite. -rspb

Blackbird

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Location: Pontllanfraith Date: 10/04/2011
Scientific Name: Turdus merula Pic By: Jen
Family: Thrush Size: 24cm
ISO: 400 Gender: F
Equipment: Canon 7D/100L Macro Lens Wingspan: 36cm
Description: The blackbird male lives up to its name, however females are a streaked or spotted brown. The males have a bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring. The blackbird is one of the most common of UK birds and its mellow song is a favorite. -rspb

Fieldfare

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Location: Cardiff Date: 12/12/2010
Scientific Name: Turdus pilaris Pic By: Jen
Family: Thrush Size: 26cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon 50D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 40cm
Description: The fieldfare is another well-known winter visitor to the UK. They typically form large flocks, usually seen in the company of red-wings. Sexes are similar.

Redwing

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Location: Cardiff Date: 12/12/2010
Scientific Name: Turdus iliacus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 21cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon 50D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 34cm
Description: The redwing is a native to europe and asia, slightly smaller than the song thrush in size. The sexes are similar, with the most striking feature being the red flanks and underwing, in addition to the creamy white streak over the eye. They are migratory, they only visit the UK in the winter.
They often form loose flocks of 10 up to 200 or more birds. Frequently seen in the company of Fieldfares.

White-throated Dipper - Juvenile

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Location: River Walk Date: 11/07/2010
Scientific Name: Cinclus cinclus Pic By: Mark
Family: Dipper Size: ?
ISO: 640 Gender: J
Equipment: Canon 50D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: ?
Description: Description to come soon!

White-throated Dipper - Juvenile

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Location: River Walk Date: 11/07/2010
Scientific Name: Cinclus cinclus Pic By: Mark
Family: Dipper Size: ?
ISO: 640 Gender: J
Equipment: Canon 50D/70-300 Lens Wingspan: ?
Description: Description to come soon!

White-throated Dipper - Juvenile

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Location: River Walk Date: 11/07/2010
Scientific Name: Cinclus cinclus Pic By: Mark
Family: Dipper Size: ?
ISO: 640 Gender: J
Equipment: Canon 50D/70-300 Lens Wingspan: ?
Description: Description to come soon!

Whinchat

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Location: Pagham Harbor Date: 20/04/2010
Scientific Name: Saxicola rubetra Pic By: Jen
Family: Chat Size: 12cm
ISO: 400 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon 50D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 22cm
Description: Description to come soon!

Mistle Thrush

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Location: Cwmbran Date: 14/03/2009
Scientific Name: Turdus viscivorus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 27cm
ISO: 640 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon 50D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 45cm
Description: Found in open woodlands and cultivated land all over europe and much of asia, the mistle thrush is similar in appearance to the song thrush. However this bird is larger than the song thrush, and has neat round spots as opposed to the well-known heart-shaped spots of the song thrush. The breast is also much less buff. The song is a simpler version of the blackbird song, and the alarm call similar to rapid gunfire.

Song Thrush

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Location: Wyllie Date: 07/01/2009
Scientific Name: Turdus philomelos Pic By: Jen
Family: Thrush Size: 23cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon 30D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 34cm
Description: The song thrush is commonly found in well-vegetated woods and gardens all over europe south of the arctic circle. Many birds move south during the winter, but some are resident. They do not form flocks like some thrushes, preferring to stay either solitary or in losely related groups in suitable habitat. Sexes are similar.

Redwing

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Location: Manmoel Date: 02/01/2009
Scientific Name: Turdus iliacus Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 21cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon 30D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 34cm
Description: The redwing is a native to europe and asia, slightly smaller than the song thrush in size. The sexes are similar, with the most striking feature being the red flanks and underwing, in addition to the creamy white streak over the eye. They are migratory, they only visit the UK in the winter.
They often form loose flocks of 10 up to 200 or more birds. Frequently seen in the company of Fieldfares.

Song Thrush

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Location: Blackwood Date: 18/11/2008
Scientific Name: Turdus philomelos Pic By: Mark
Family: Thrush Size: 23cm
ISO: 400 Gender: U
Equipment: Canon 30D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 34cm
Description: The song thrush is commonly found in well-vegetated woods and gardens all over europe south of the arctic circle. Many birds move south during the winter, but some are resident. They do not form flocks like some thrushes, preferring to stay either solitary or in losely related groups in suitable habitat. Sexes are similar.

Stonechat - Juvenile

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Location: Rest Bay - Porthcawl Date: 22/08/2008
Scientific Name: Saxicola rubicola Pic By: Mark
Family: Chat Size: 12cm
ISO: 400 Gender: M
Equipment: Canon 30D/100-400L Lens Wingspan: 20cm
Description: Description to come soon!

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