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Stonechat Male | by Paul_Wheeler
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Stonechat Male

A male Stonechat (Saxicola torquata). This is the father of the fledgling posted earlier this week, taken during a recent trip to Wembury in South Devon, England.

 

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 his offspring taken on the same day, and a female Stonechat taken in March.

 

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

I will be visiting you all over the next couple of days.

 

Flickr's site performance is driving me crazy just lately, and now I have had to replace this image, as Flickr had added too much sharpening :(

 

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Taken on May 2, 2012