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Morning Dog Walk: Males Singing and Drumming For Females…..And, Of Course, Bluey!

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

This morning’s walk was full of a few surprises, first, I narrowly missed an opportunity to photograph an Egyptian Mongoose as it scurried away for cover. This is the 2nd time I’ve seen them in the same location in the morning, so I will have to do a stake-out soon.

The Woodpeckers are drumming like crazy today, it is like a building site with all the knocking. I noticed a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker tapping a metal strip on an electricity pole, it was a fair distance away, but took a snap anyway. Notice his red cap, this is how you tell the males and females apart as the females don’t have one. Of course, the females will not be drumming either as the males perform this to attract a mate.

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Next up was really bright male European Greenfinch, singing away in a tree.


I’ve saved the best until last, as I walked past the ruin where Bluey and Roxy are nesting, Bluey decided to pose for me. He is a stunning example of a Blue Rock Thrush!

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Male Blue Rock Thrush - Melro-azul - Monticola solitarius


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