Wild Lockdown: Black Redstart

9 April 2020


The black redstarts (Pheonicurus ochruros) are beautiful birds with a very distinct song. They arrived a few weeks ago from the Sahel. Sadly, they are in decline in many countries due to habitat loss. We are lucky to have a few in our neighbourhood and we even had a breeding pair in the garden for the past two years. Male black redstarts tend to perch high up on the apex of roofs and on top of street lights, which makes them easy to observe at this time of the year but difficult to photograph. I was very lucky that this one decided to land in our garden.

Great to see the reactions this picture received in the Self Isolating Bird Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sibirdclub/permalink/224259361980616/

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