Fieldfare – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

I’d like to get a decent photograph of a Fieldfare. That’s quite a tricky thing to achieve without spending a lot of time on the moors in full camouflage sitting in front of a tree full of fruit. In my experience, they’re very wild and very wary.

I saw one in 1977 and noted it down in my childhood nature notebooks.

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

Here’s the nearest I got to them when up on Dartmoor recently:

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

It’s really not very close, is it?

In with them, perched at the top of the Hawthorn tree, are Ring Ouzels. They’re birds I have been successful in getting close to:

Gorgeous, aren’t they?

Here’s perhaps the closest photograph of a Fieldfare I’ve got so far.
Fieldfare - forty years ago in my nature notebooks - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I love them. I just need to try harder.

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