Ring Ouzel
Turdus torquatus

Taken at Landguard Felixstowe, April 2013

A spur of the moment decision on a sunny Sunday afternoon down to Felixstowe to the Landguard NR knowing the Ring Ouzel had been seen and photographed earlier in the day. A few images had been posted but I didn’t fancy going in the morning because of the heat haze, it was only 9 degrees but the wind chill factor was making it feel quite cold, after looking in all the usual places it was spotted in the compound which is quite well elevated above sea level so ideal habitat for the Ouzel and as an added bonus there were no ringers up there as they’d called it a day. I had thought on my way there perhaps it had been ringed but it had escaped their nets since it had been there for the 2 day’s, so I like to think that it got away unscathed and untouched by human hands, better still the “bling” wouldn’t ruin my pictures if I was lucky enough to get some. As the pictures show it was very obliging at times, my best shots of this lovely bird, lovely end to a sunny afternoon.


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