Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Landguard Point - Pied Wheatear

Wheatear definitely have the wow factor.  What is it about them?  Take the female Northern Wheatear, buffish tones, an upright stance, and a white rump.  But they never fail to grab my attention.

Today these Wheatear moments were amplified with the adult male Pied Wheatear at Landguard Point.  Actually when the news came through, my car was at the garage being repaired but thankfully had been completed in time for a quick scamper across the counties to see this stunning bird.  I couldn't keep my eyes off it.

The bird was flightly, hardly surprising with camera toting birders chasing it along the shoreline.  But it showed really well as the published photos would testify.

I love this bird.  It's black mask uniformly blending into the dark wings and mantle but notably contrasting with a thick ochre supercilium and a rusty crown.

The birds constant activity allowed great views of the peachy hues to the breast extending down to the underparts, and the dark inverted 'T' shape to the tail.  There was so much to look at and to take in - and for me the joys of birding and wildlife are both the detail and the environment in equal measure.

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