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Did you Knock? - Blackbird - Gore NZ by AndreaEL
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I watched this Blackbird scratching through the fallen leaves, flicking them every which way with his beak to find unsuspecting creatures that may have thought they were safe under the blanket of leaf litter. He was amusing and provided me with entertainment with his fancy moves.
The Common Blackbird seems to be closest in evolutionary terms to the Island Thrush (T. poliocephalus) of Southeast Asia and islands in the southwest Pacific, which probably diverged from merula stock fairly recently. It may not immediately be clear why the name “Blackbird”, first recorded in 1486, was applied to this species, but not to one of the various other common black British birds, such as the Carrion Crow, Raven, Rook or Jackdaw. However, in Old English, and in modern English up to about the 18th century, “bird” was used only for smaller or young birds, and larger ones such as crows were called “fowl”. At that time, the Blackbird was therefore the only widespread and conspicuous “black bird” in the British Isles. Until about the 17th century, another name for the species was ouzel, ousel or wosel (from Old English osle). Another variant occurs in Act 3 of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where Bottom refers to “The Woosell cocke, so blacke of hew, With Orenge-tawny bill”. The ouzel usage survived later in poetry, and still occurs as the name of the closely related Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus), and in Water Ouzel, an alternative name for the unrelated but superficially similar White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus).
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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Cool shot of this little beauty Andrea!

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

    Very nice Andrea, love your descriptions.

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated John

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    love the golden leaves and the cute bird xx

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated Lynn

    – AndreaEL

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Super capture and title, really made me smile. Alma

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated Alma. Always happy to make someone smile…

    – AndreaEL

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 3 years ago

    great capture Andrea

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    He is a busy boy Andrea – wonderful shot !

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated Roy

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Adorable capture. Very well done.

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated Bunny

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Great close up, the black birds are so hard to get good detail shots of, you did!

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated Byron

    – AndreaEL

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    all so beautiful

  • Many thanks for your lovely kind work, very much appreciated Norma

    – AndreaEL

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