Blackbird

I was up and about early this morning on my walk around Dunmow with my little Sony A6000 which I use when I want to keep the weight down. Whilst it wasn’t a particularly nice morning, a bit drizzly and heavy cloud cover I was happily clicking away, I got more shots of the local Dunnocks, some more Blackbirds and an interesting silhouette of 3 crows that I thought might make a decent image.

This evening when I came to add the pictures onto the computer I opened up the camera to retrieve the SD card and…there was no SD card…it was already in the computer…and had been since last night…sigh!! Why doesn’t a load claxon sound when you try and take a picture on the Sony without a SD card, rather than that flashing “NO CARD” warning that comes up 😉

Fortunately I had been summoned during the day to take some more shots of some of Debbie’s products…so not the intended shot, but a shot nonetheless. As always you can purchase this item on Debbie’s The Crimson Rabbit store by clicking here.


Another local bird today, a blackbird who visits our garden everyday for a meal in the bird house. His wife is not usually far away. We also now have a pair of Collared Doves and a pair of Robins visiting…well, it is Valentines Day…


I got Debbie a new bird table for Christmas and we have had the first visitors to it – they may not have all arrived at the same time ;-). The Sparrows, Doves and Tits are still rather suspicious of it and haven’t yet ventured into it…


This (possibly fledgling) female blackbird appeared in our garden this morning. We didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to her until this afternoon when we realised she was still in residence and was not, apparently, capable of flying any distance. We then noticed that she had a damaged leg and was scraping her beak on the floor. She was eating plenty of slugs and we put out a handful of seed which she gobbled up.

After a call to the RSPCA we went out with a box to capture her…and she flew off, clearly recuperated enough following whatever had happened to her to now leave without difficulty.


This is just one of the myriad of birds around Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow this afternoon.

It was a glorious afternoon and I decided to go and sit, with my camera, by the pond and see what was about to photograph. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, ducks, geese, wagtails, doves, crows, pigeons and this Blackbird were all busy around the pond and I spent a happy 40 minutes happily snapping away in the sunshine.

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I think the title says it all! This female blackbird was photographed next to Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow earlier this year.