Land birds at Dawlish Warren - with added photos of stonechats

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Photos taken at early last week at this National Nature Reserve on the south coast of England.

Carrion crow - I think the crows at Dawlish are smart enough to know that a camera with a big lens is not a gun, so they don't fly off immediately they see one.
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Blackbird - a very familiar garden and woodland bird in the UK. The speckled breast of this hen reveals that it is really a thrush.
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Male whitethroats - newly arrived from Africa, were singing lustily in the scrubland. These Old World warblers deserve full marks for effort, but their song is not very musical.
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Finally an old cock linnet: illustrating the problem of shooting birds in the sand dune area. I couldn't avoid the old bramble head in front of his wingtip and tail.
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D300, 500mm Nikkor with TC1.4 and monopod.

Alan
 
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Meet the stonechats

My favourite birds at the Reserve are the stonechats. They are invariably interesting and they always seem to pose well.
The first one I got close to was the female, who was carrying nest material.
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I worked my way around the clump of brambles to get the sun behind me.
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The cock was nearby, but deeper in the thicket.
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As they were probably building a nest in the brambles I backed off and returned to the whitethroats. A few minutes later the cock took up a typical pose on top of a bush (I have cloned out a twig on the left).
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When the hen reappeared I was able to get even closer to her.
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They really are lovely birds.

Alan
 

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