Not a dull brown bird at all

An early morning for me at Crime Lake near Manchester and there’s bright light on this Dunnock:

Dunnock - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I could never be a landscape photographer. It involves getting up while it’s still dark and ‘catching’ the sunrise. I’m more interested in catching some sleep.

Dunnocks are full of surprises, including the wonderfully named heteropaternal superfecundation:

This one is busy foraging:

Dunnocks are one of the birds featured in this Ladybird book from the 1950s. Here’s my blog on why I think Dunnocks are important in their own right and have an intrinsic value outside our judgements about their ‘usefulness’ to us. 

It’s a privilege to spend time with such a wonderful creature.

Dunnock - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s so vitally, vibrantly alive. I’m not, yet. It’s too early.

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