Whos keeping an eye on me....

Sunday, 19 January 2014

European Stonechat

Saxicola rubicola

One of my favourite UK birds. 

I noticed the female first as she sat on the fence line posing for a few seconds, it was nice to get images showing her off from all angles. The male was a little more wary and kept a little distance between us.

They were both feeding in the tide wrack at  Burton Marsh a few days ago.

Both birds still showing non breeding plumages

the female from the back

 
a lovely pose from the side

 
from the front and looking a little windswept

 
and the male

 

17 comments:

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Cute little bird! Glad she posed for you.

Karen said...

Excellent shots of these sweet little birds Dave!

eileeninmd said...

It is a cute little bird, great shots!

Steve Borichevsky said...

She's quite pretty. I'm glad you brought her to our attention.

TexWisGirl said...

just adorable little things!

JM said...

So cute! I especially like it in the top shot.

Rajesh said...

Very cute little bird.

Gordon said...

They are really beautiful shots of the Chat, very clear and sharp, Hope you have a good day on high ground.
All the best Gordon.

HansHB said...

Great post for WBW!

Gunilla Bäck said...

What a sweet little bird!

Carole M. said...

Dave, no wonder this is a favourite, it is very appealing and you picked up wonderful profiles of it

NatureFootstep said...

great images. I have not seen tehm in non breeding plumage so that was nice. .)

CountryMouse said...

I just love the picture of it on the wire.

Sharon Wagner said...

He is so crisp and perfect. Nice!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They are both beautiful! Love the one with its head turned looking at you sideways.

Grampy said...

Wonderful small brownish bird. So easy to overlook, yet fascinating to watch for me. Thanks for visiting my site. Will be back to check out your fine captures.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh how lovely!!