The Stonechat family of Trendlebere Down #4

It’s a glorious day on Dartmoor.

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

My favourite little characters are busy feeding and avoiding death by predator:

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

This family of Stonechats are very endearing:

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

The males have distinctive orange breasts, a white collar and a lovely black head:

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

They are very tricky to photograph. Either the white collar is completely ‘blown-out’ or the black is as black as black can be:

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

Sitting in this Gorse bush is worth every moment.

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

This male has a small tick underneath his eye. It’s making me itch at the thought. I glance down at the bush I’m in and wonder if something’s biting me.

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

Luckily, it isn’t.

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