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Female Stonechat

A female Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) collecting nesting material. This was taken during a recent trip to Wembury in South Devon, England. It was a great day out with plenty to see, including my first Adder of the year. (Thank you Paul Fenn for pointing it out.)


The Stonechat is a small chunky bird, that prefers open bushy terrain, such as Gorse thickets above coastal cliffs. If you can get close, you can get some nice photographs of these birds, as they like to perch on the tops of bushes. The birds utter a sharp loud call that sound like two stones being tapped together, and that's how they got their name.


Below is a second photo of the same female, and a poorer quality, record shot of the male showing his different colouration. I need to get a much better shot of a male.


Thank you for visiting, and I hope you have a wonderful Easter Weekend :)



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Taken on March 30, 2012