Luscinia svecica – Passeriformes – Muscicapidae – not an easy bird to see nor photograph. These pictures were taken in Spain in the region of Lerida. These lovely birds remain there year round where in France they nest only along the Atlantic coast.Here is a young male presenting a white spot in its blue “bib”. It is quite variable in size and colouring; one of the sub-species presents a red spot instead of the white one as in these pics. The female is quite different, the white bib is underlined by brown streaks reaching between the legs. It is migratory in our latitudes but present in Spain all year round. The Bluethroat benefits from a total protection on the French territory since the ministerial decree of April 17th 1981.
Mostly it remains hidden under the vegetation along swamp shores, near reed beds as it is the case here. When it comes out in the open it runs on the ground and stops for a few seconds, raised in alert to estimate a possible danger, pecks at an insect and darts immediately back to cover.