Blackbird

Blackbird Turdus merula

Trying a long shot at full stretch 300mm, earlier this evening with the new 18mm-300mm lens where the light was a little better.

Blackbird Turdus merula, May 2018, neigbour’s lawn, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

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    1. Thank you, Ted 🙂 You know what it’s like when you get a new toy, but I was losing the light. Thankfully I spotted this Blackbird rooting for worms and bugs on the neighbour’s front lawn.

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  1. It’s fascinating to see your Blackbird, which is unlike out blackbirds and is more closely related to our American Robin. Is this the same kind of blackbird that inspired Paul McCartney’s song “Blackbird?” (Our blackbirds don’t sing in the dead of night.)

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    1. Possibly, but it was the song of one he heard whilst in India. This is the dark male, where the female is much lighter and closer to brown in colour. I do love their song, and waking up to one in a morning is such a beautiful thing. Thank you for your comment, Mike 🙂

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    1. It is my favourite bird song, and takes me back to my boyhood when I had a huge Elm (before the disease hit) in my front garden, and one would always be singing from the boughs at dawn 🙂

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  2. Nothing like a new toy (aka lens) to play with.

    (18-300mm sounds like a great lens too. Closeups as well as distant shots, which is why I used to love my 18-200mm that died).

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    1. I remember you telling me your 18-200 sadly died, which was another range I was looking before deciding to go for that extra reach. I can’t wait to give it a good run for its money later on! 🙂 🙂

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