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I Could Be A Collectors Item... - Blackbird - NZ by AndreaEL

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I am not sure if this is a juvenile Blackbird, I was amazed at the unusual plumage. Grey, Blue Faun. Could it be a partial Albino Blackbird? I often stand a the window and observe the many birds that frequent the feeding stations, and was fortunate to capture one image of this one. He has not returned.

I Could Be A Collectors Item… – Blackbird

The Common Blackbird, Turdus merula, is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian Blackbird (especially in North America, to distinguish it from the unrelated New World blackbirds), or simply Blackbird (in areas where it is the only blackbird-like species). It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. It has a number of subspecies across its large range; a few of the Asian subspecies are sometimes considered to be full species. Depending on latitude, the Common Blackbird may be resident, partially migratory or fully migratory. The male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich melodious song; the adult female and juvenile have mainly dark brown plumage. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits. Both sexes are territorial on the breeding grounds, with distinctive threat displays, but are more gregarious during migration and in wintering areas. Pairs will stay in their territory throughout the year where the climate is sufficiently temperate. This common and conspicuous species has given rise to a number of literary and cultural references, frequently related to its song. (Wikipedia)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Southland New Zealand

I Could Be A Collectors Item!!. – Blackbird

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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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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Wonderful details in this capture Andrea

  • Thank you Larry

    – AndreaEL

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldover 3 years ago

    Very pale for a blackbird Andrea, not sure if he’s a variation or something really special, LOL!!

  • Your kind comments are always much appreciated, thank you Barbie. I would like to think it is something special..

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    he looks very smart anyway xx

  • Thank you Lynn, he sure did.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – AndreaEL

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Andrea!

  • Your kind comments are always much appreciated, thank you Anna

    – AndreaEL

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

  • Laura, many many thanks for the honour, always appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • John Absher
    John Absherover 3 years ago

    You certainly have some interesting and beautiful birds there Andrea. The colors here are great. Nice capture !

  • Your kind comments are always much appreciated, thank you John

    – AndreaEL

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    1 Image per 24hrs 2011/11/20

  • Thank you Margaret

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    I don’t know what it is, but it sure is cute!

  • Your kind comments are always much appreciated, thank you Dot

    – AndreaEL

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Congrats on your feature of this lovely capture !
    Hope you get a positive I.D.

  • Your kind comments & congrats are always much appreciated, thank you Trish

    – AndreaEL

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