David Element

 

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______________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds – 162 – Bluethroats

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica svecica (m)

 

 

                                                                                                BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica svecica (m)

 

 

                                                                                                BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica svecica (m)

 

 

                                                                                                BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica svecica (m)

 

 

                                                                                                BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica svecica (m)

 

 

                                                                                                        BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica (f)

 

·         If the photographer had been asked to nominate a species of bird that he would have wanted (but didn’t expect to) see in the UK then the handsome Bluethroat Luscinia svecica would probably have topped the list. It was therefore a matter of great delight to finally see not one but two of these colourful little birds on the same day during a visit to Shetland, a relative hotspot for this rarely observed species. The female had already been reported by one of Shetland’s expert birdwatchers and it was duly shown to the party in the Shetland Wildlife minibus but the male was found by the photographer not far from where one had been reported a day or two earlier. As there had been a small fall of these birds shortly beforehand this may have been the individual previously reported from another site nearby but it could also have been a different (red-spotted) male L. s. svecica. The bird was spotted on the foreshore by the photographer during a solitary evening walk in fading light later that same day so a high ISO setting was required. Several of the images above have been cropped and in some cases the contrast has been adjusted to compensate for the awful light.

 

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