Sunday, June 07, 2009


After taking wildlife photographs for a couple of years you start been up a mental calender of which species can be found at different sites throughout the year. The period at the end of May running into June always signals to me it time to try and get some Common Redstart photographs. Despite having a large library of redstart photos I was drawn back once more to having another try for them this year as they are such beautiful and charismatic birds.

As I walked up to the site various thoughts were running through my head as whether it would be the same male bird as last year which had a drooping wing and wondering if he had survived the long autumn migration to Africa and back again. A pair of birds were quickly located and it turned out to be a different male but I could hear two other calling close by so one may be 'floppy wing'. I have a couple more sessions planned with them in the near future so it will be interesting to see if that particular birds puts in an appearance.

Starting off with the female.
A very busy bird which was constantly looking for food to feed her brood in a nearby nest.



The male bird this year is a real stunner in excellent condition.

The males are actually quite difficult to photograph and get a correct exposure on with their black head and gleaming white forehead. and its a balancing act with the camera settings trying to achieve detail in both.



There will hopefully be some more photographs of these birds, and possibly with some fledglings, being posted in a couple of weeks. I was going to head back out to them this morning but the weather seems to have fallen back in to its usual UK summer conditions of rain!



Emma Anderson said...

Excellent pictures. Congratulations.

Mike Ball said...

What a beauty1 Thanks for sharing.

holdingmoments said...

Stunning shots Richard.
I saw my first earlier this week, and you've really captured their beauty.

Dale Forbes said...

to state the obvious - holy cow Richard, those shots really are impressive.

they are just so crisp and sharp.from the shadows I guess it was soon after first light which allowed you to get great exposure on both the lights and darks.

maybe I should put more attention on the local black redstarts again...


JPT said...

These are truly stunning shots!
Maybe one day I could take some as good!

The Early Birder said...

Superb Rich. There is no doubt that the male is a stunner.

RĂºben Neves said...

Great images. Sharp and natural shots... Beautiful backgrounds as well. Congratulations!

Billy said...

Absolutely stunningly beautiful images, Richard and congrats on birdguides POTW!!


T and S said...

Rich : Those images of the Redstart is as good as it gets. Fabulous images pleasing to the eyes and technically perfect. Amazing...Thomas

kingfisher said...

This bird is called "johbitaki"in japan. Aged call it "Bakacho". It means stupid bird. Man can aproach them easily. Thank you for beautiful

Rich Steel said...

Many thanks for the replies. Dale should have a go with the black redstarts. I remember visiting Seefeld in the summer a few years back and there were planty of redstarts to be found which are lovely little birds. First and last light is always the best time during mid-summer as the light is too harsh in the middle of the day and contrast too great.

Kingfisher unfortuately the redstarts we have here do not fall in the category of easily approachable birds and take quite a bit of effort on my part to get photographs of them.

I have undertaken another session with them recently which I will post soon.




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