"I haven't got time for a chat just now, dear. I'm preening," twittered the Stonechat.

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Comments (10)

pedrocut on February 4, 2009

Ian,

I looked with amazement at this and thought it be a winter visitor, as I have not come across a Robin like this. Could it be the Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)?

Regards Peter

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2009

Now I am the one that is amazed, Peter. I didn't imagine that I had photographed a species of bird that wasn't common, or immediately recognised by a Brit! And I have just mapped it incase that is in anyway helpful to you. I certainly can't tell you what species it is: it's just a robin with a coloured breast to me.

You be my teacher if you work out more.

Warm regards,

Ian

pedrocut on February 4, 2009

Ian,

Here is a link to a Stonechat the bird that I think it to be.

Regards, Peter

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2009

Well, it looks similar, though your version seems to have a much fuller red breast. Does it help, to identify it, to note that the other bird in the background of my photo does not appear to have any white on the sides of the throat, the female presumably?

If it is a stonechat then I'll have to change the title!

I am delighted when someone engages with me on one of my photos and teaches me about it. Thanks Peter.

Ian

pedrocut on February 4, 2009

Ian,

Here is a link to the female

Although I have lived in the City all my life I have escaped to the country quite often and have only seen the Stonechat about three times. It is great to see one in a relaxed state!

Regards, Peter

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2009

I am happily convinced, Peter, and truly delighted to have it identified. And we have a new title. Everything about our visit to Dingle and Kerry was rather wonderful.

Thank you again.

Ian

pedrocut on February 5, 2009

Ian,

A very good title now. I have never seen a female stonechat, but now I can see that the males,once they have pulled their mates, are pretty arrogant fellows!

Peter.

Ian Stehbens on February 5, 2009

Thanks for being my teacher, Peter! It has been special to learn and to discover that I have a special photo.

Ian

pedrocut on March 4, 2009
Ian Stehbens on March 4, 2009

Thanks Peter,

they obviously don't mind being around urban areas, for this is on the edge of Dingle and you have taken me almost into Brm!

Ian

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  • Uploaded on September 27, 2007
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    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2005/06/08 17:26:18
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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