100 views, 14 favourites, 7 July 2013
Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT OR AS WE MISSED IT! on 27 June 2013, TINY CREATURES IN MACRO on 8 July 2013, featured in the BEAUTIFUL NORTH OF ENGLAND Group for the week commencing 10th July 2013 and in FROM THE HEART on 29 July 2013
A beautiful thrush sitting on our garden fence. I am notoriously unlucky with bird shots, but today I noticed this beautiful bird sitting on top of one of the rainwater barrels in our back garden out of our kitchen window. There was no hope of a shot, as they tend to fly off as soon as I open the back door. On this occasion though, because I wanted a picture of this lovely bird so much, I prayed to God that I would be able to capture it. I had no sooner got my camera from upstairs and gone into the garden than it alighted on the fence, seemingly oblivious to me. I actually got several shots, but this first one was the best. So you see, God does answer prayers! Taken in our garden in the North-East of England with my Canon PowerShot SX40 HS camera in Auto mode. Enjoy this interesting video about song and mistle thrushes! I think that this bird is a song thrush.

My life is divided between teaching Music and Photography. The instruments I play are organ, piano, clarinet and saxophone. I taught German and Spanish before my retirement, but since I got my digital camera no longer have time for them!

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  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 1 year ago

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 1 year ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work Kathryn

  • Thank you, Larry.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 1 year ago

    Brilliant close up and detail Kathryn

    Cheers Jude xx

  • Thank you, Jude.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Fantastic capture… great clarity … a lovely bird !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you, Evita.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

  • Thank you, Steve.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 1 year ago

    lovely shot, not enough of this pretty birds around now xx

  • Thank you, Lynn. We have noticed that there are fewer songbirds in our area than their used to be, due, I think, to an invasion of seagulls, who provide serious competition for food and living space and probably scare the little ones away.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • trish725
    trish725over 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much for featuring my picture, Trish. I am thrilled and delighted!

    – BlueMoonRose

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Wonderful bird and lovely capture!!

  • Thank you, Gena.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Poverty
    Povertyover 1 year ago

    Remarkable shot Kathryn. The detail is superb and you caught it just at the right angle to show it perfectly. So few of these to be seen where I live and they are such lovely birds. I used to be fascinated watching them gripping snails in their beaks and banging them on the path to crack open their shells. Love this shot. Cheers.Tony.

  • Thank you, Tony. I cannot understand why it did not go into our front garden, where half a million snails reside behind the clematis!!! Perhaps there was something more appetizing on our neighbours’ bird table and it was deciding what to indulge in and when. There has been a marked decline of songbirds in our area, partly due to the Local Authority felling trees, but mainly, I think, because of an invasion of seagulls from the coast. Why fly two miles out to sea in the hope of catching a fish, when half a mile inland they can have a free bash with their mates on all the half eaten fish suppers, pies and kebabs that kids just throw on the ground? They have also learned to dig for worms, so they will never return to the coast. Too many easy pickings here for them! Of course, they represent competition for food. Their beaks are much longer than those of the little songbirds, so they can get at the worms more easily and the little ones are intimidated by them. In fact, I would not put it past them to make a meal of the little ones.

    – BlueMoonRose

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