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Ring Ouzel 02



Ring ouzel   Turdus torquatus

A wary upland "blackbird" under threat.  Over the years as a climber I occasionally saw these birds on and around some of the gritstone edges of Derbyshire.  It was a trip down memory lane to return in May 2009 with Pete Hardy, a fellow climber and photographer.  We were lucky to find a pair with chicks that had fledged (disturbing them at a nest is not good - note there are no worms in these birds beaks).  They were moving towards more open moorland, but the male appeared to be keeping his eye on us, sometimes coming very close.  All the photographs are slightly cropped except the last one which is full frame as the bird landed right next to me (I was sitting motionless just hoping the birds would come closer as chasing them would have been futile), and I needed to wait until it moved away for my lens to be able to focus on him!




Ring Ouzel 06 female





Ring Ouzel 01






Ring Ouzel 03


A male enjoying the sunshine and strong winds on top of a gritstone cliff.




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Blackbird 16 snow





Blackbird 35 snow







Fieldfare 02






Song Thrush

Thrush Song 15



Song thrush



Mistle Thrush feeding Chick 01 (S)


Mistle thrush



Redwing 1 (S)





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