Mistle Thrush Success!

Remember a while back I managed to photograph a pair of Mistle Thrushes building a nest in one of our Oak Trees?

Well, after building it, they didn’t actually use it and have seen nothing of them since.

However, this evening I spotted this young Mistle Thrush in the garden!

Photos aren’t great as I quickly grabbed the camera and got what I could, but I’ll keep an eye out for it and take some more.

Young Mistle Thrush - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/6.3, ISO400, 1/640sec
Young Mistle Thrush – D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/6.3, ISO400, 1/640sec
Continue reading >>

Mistle Thrushes are moving in.

I had a message from Emma (my better half) today as she’d spotted a new bird in the garden we had not seen before. We soon identified it as a Mistle Thrush, a bird that is common, but on the RSPB Amber Status due to decline in gardens (RSPB – Mistle Thrush).

So imagine our surprise when I noticed that a pair is building a nest in our old Oak Tree. I watched them for a while and noticed the female would go off gathering with the male following, but staying perched high on lookout as if he was guarding her.

Here’s a few quick shots I managed to get, I look forward to getting more photos of them.

{Click image for a higher resolution, click Flickr Link in caption to view photo on Flickr}
Moss for the Nest - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/4, ISO125, 1/1000sec - {Flickr Link}
Continue reading >>