The Stonechat family of Trendlebere Down #3

If there’s an hour to spare I want to be with my new, adoptive family. There’s Mr Stonechat:

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

And there’s Mrs Stonechat:

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

They are both beautiful, perched as high as they can be, above the Gorse on Trendlebere Down. The light here today on East Dartmoor gives everything a painterly effect.

There’s a distinct ‘fluffballs on brittlesticks’ look about them:

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

They’re working hard to feed a family. I’m sitting in a Gorse bush watching them. I’d love to see their nest or spot their chicks but that wouldn’t be good for them. The disturbance and the anxiety I would cause them would outweigh any pleasure I might get from doing it.

The female’s found something tasty:

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

The male’s on the lookout. He looks quite feisty to me.

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

I’m glad I’m a long-lens away.

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