A Short Tail and other birds

I’ll start with the title bird, a male blackbird that I’ve been watching for the past week or so. He’s missing his tail feathers, though they do seem to be recovering slowly. He can fly, but tends to keep to the same small area between the edge of Falmer Pond and a local garden. He’s certainly quite bold, and as a pond regualr deserves a mini-feature here.

Blackbird with missing tail feathers

Blackbird with missing tail feathers

Blackbird with missing tail feathers

The other birds today are a moorhen on a rock, and three greylag geese portraits.

Moorhen on a rock

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Robin March 6, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    Words, I wonder what happened to it’s tail feathers!

    • Words March 6, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

      Robin, I wonder if it escaped a cat or something, which is certainly possible. It’s seems fine and healthy though and can fly short distances (looks a bit unstable, but it gets around ok).

  2. Darko March 7, 2015 at 12:20 am #

    On last photo, it seems a goose is showing you teeth 😀

    On a side note, yesterday we were watching movie about J. M. W. Turner – it is called Mr. Turner 🙂
    At one sequence they showed something that looked like Rottingdean cliffs. Do you know if that might be a case? Did you see a film? It is kind of slow but kind of interesting, too.

    • Words March 9, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

      Darko, pulling those teeth would be a tricky job!

      I’ve not seen Mr Turner, but know about it. Waiting for it to be on television! But Turner did visit Brighton so he may well have known the cliffs at Rottingdean. I’ll have to watch the film now. 🙂