Black Redstarts

Black Redstarts are rare in the UK. Here in Parco della Caffarella in Rome they are everywhere. They’re the equivalent of Robins in the UK.

Black Redstart - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They perch at the top of low plants and survey potential rivals, food and predators:

Black Redstart - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This is my favourite photograph of one. The face is sharp and the wings are blurred with movement. Lovely:

Black Redstart - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The ‘start’ in their name means tail. Their Italian name is Codirosso Spazzacamino, which sounds great in an Italian accent. Spazzacamino means chimney sweep. I can see why, with their ash-coloured plumage:

They are a delight to watch:

Black Redstart - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s one feeding on insects on the broken reeds floating on the small river here:

The only thing which puzzles me though, is where are all the adult males? Here’s one I saw last time:

I’ll just have to come here again.

Black Redstart - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)
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