Black Redstart

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I had an appointment in the city centre today and chose to cycle in and also check out a that has been seen around some ruins in a park. It all looked quite photogenic plus I was interested to see if I could work out whether the bird was a male or female (previous photos had shown it to be a 2cy) and if there were more than one bird present.

The bird showed without problem and sang straightaway so the sex question was solved rather easily. As to the number of birds present I saw only one during 50 minutes and the bird looks very different depending on whether you view from the right or left which explains why previous photos have suggested the presence of two birds.

Black Redstart (svartrødstjert) A 2cy male

The tertials on the right hand side have broad white edges and are presumably moulted adult feathers whereas on the left wing they are brown juvenile feathers.

A short video handholding the bazooka (600mm) which could have been a lot worse!

here the differently coloured tertials can be seen
broad white fringes on right side
thin grey edges on left side

singing

 

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Simon Rix

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is an English Birder who has lived in Oslo, Norway since 2001. Birding has been his passion since primary school and after an education as an economist and career within oil and gas and then drinks industry he turned his attention full time to birds as middle age approached. He is particularly interested in patch birding and migration and is an active guide, blogger and photographer. He is a member of the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF).

Simon Rix

Simon Rix

Simon Rix is an English Birder who has lived in Oslo, Norway since 2001. Birding has been his passion since primary school and after an education as an economist and career within oil and gas and then drinks industry he turned his attention full time to birds as middle age approached. He is particularly interested in patch birding and migration and is an active guide, blogger and photographer. He is a member of the Norwegian Rarities Committee (NSKF).

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