Stonechatting

I’ve seen Stonechats before, most recently on Trendlebere Down in South Devon. They are very handsome birds, and their insistent habit of sounding like two stones being knocked together means even I can tell them from the sound they make:

Chatting like two stones being banged together

Today I’m at Bowling Green Marsh near Exeter and there’s one in the bushes:

Stonechat - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s spotted me:

Stonechat - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What a beautiful bird:

Stonechat - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As with many supposedly dull brown birds, they get more and more beautiful the closer you get to them:

Stonechat - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Its orange shades with these pale pinkish spring buds make a lovely contrast:

Stonechat - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As do these black legs on purple thorns:

Stonechat - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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