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Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Redstart Fest 2012

With summer festivals being cancelled left, right and centre this summer, I am going to create my own. The Redstart Fest.
A really stunning bird that I've spoken about a few times in my blogs, and was one of my highlights of last year. It is certainly turning out that way again this year. I've been able to get some very good close up views of a fantastic pair just recently, who've been working their socks off to feed some young.
I could go on and on forever about these truly stunning birds, but I'm going to stop and hopefully let my pictures do the talking for me. I hope you'll agree, they really are a highlight of the British summer. Even if we don't get the sunshine, these little fellas have brightened up my evenings.

The fantastic male Redstart. What a beauty?


The female, a little weather beaten.



I am sure if you're a juvenile Redstart this looks very appetizing



25 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures of the Redstart. They migrate through here, but I have never seen a pair and I don't think they stay. They are such beauties, you are very lucky to have them close to you. Well worth a summer festival :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  2. handsome birds, indeed! so pretty!

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  3. Welcome to Nature Notes Adam..I wasn't sure if this was the exact post you wanted entered in Nature Notes as your whole blog is nature. You take wonderful photos and you can hear the enthusiasm in your posts...Thank you for joining in as I do love birds...Michelle..from ramblingwoods.com

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  4. WOW! Love that dusky red in contrast with the smoky grey! Beautiful perspectives!

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  5. Beautiful colors on your Redstarts. They are pretty birds, great shots.

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  6. Lovely pictures. Redstarts are beautiful birds, I also like their very unique song ( it took me ages to identify the sound like crumpling alumimium foil they include in it).

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  7. The male is truly a handsome specimen. I can see why you feel so passionate about them.

    At some point the sunshine will prevail. It must. ;-)

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  8. Fantastic closeups and the colours are stunning.

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  9. They are such sweet little ones, much like our robins.

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  10. Hi there - what a great bird - I wonder where it was ringed - you can read a couple of the numbers in the pictures.
    I thought I’d let you know that I stepped into the void caused by Springmans decision to close down World Bird Wednesday by setting up Wild Bird Wednesday (!) on my photoblog at Paying Ready Attention – Photo Gallery.

    Feel free to visit and link.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  11. Yes, you're right...these are stunning birds. Alas, I've only seen one in real time and by the time I got my camera set up and focused it was long gone. I'll never be unprepared again. I see [at least I think I see] 'tracking' bands on their legs? Are these photos from some sort of private reserve then?

    None the less....beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for your nice comments Anni. These birds are as wild as they come. The rings mean that it will have been caught in a big mist net and details taken as to it's age, size, weight etc. I aim to find out from the ring numbers where it was caught and when. It will give a nice story as it will soon be on it's way back to Africa.

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  12. A cracking bird Adam, and great shots.
    I saw a few of these when I visited Wales recently.

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  13. From the thumbnail at first I thought it might be a Robin, I can see why. What a beauty!!!

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  14. Beautiful intimate series, Adam!

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  15. Wonderful series! Especially with the worms. Visiting from WBW. :)

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  16. oen of my favourite birds. And you seen the female too. :)

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  17. Nice picture you show.
    Hanne Bente

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  18. What lovely birds and yes, it certainly like they are busy, busy! Lovely share~

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  19. Briliant shots Adam. Did you manage to read the ring number with all those leggy shots?

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    1. Yes Phil,just waiting for the BTO to get back to me. I'll post on here the finds. I hope it's interesting reading.

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  20. Great work!!
    Saludos desde España, GDF

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  21. What wonderful captures of this beautiful bird!

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