Blackbird (male and female)

Some more images of commonplace birds, this time the blackbird (Turdus merula). For the male at least, the naming is clearly descriptive: the blackbird is indeed black. It generally also has an orange beak, tongue and eye-ring. Less often the beak and eye-ring are red, but orange is the classic and most common form.

blackbird singing

Blackbird (male) singing

Blackbird (male) eating berries

Blackbird (male) eating a berry

Those were taken yesterday (but were put to one side in favour of the wren. The next three shots were taken today, on the edge of a woodland path. It’s the female of the species, and she is brown… from beak to tail.

Female blackbird

Female blackbird head on

Female blackbird

Female blackbird side view

Female blackbird

Female blackbird in angry mode!

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. Darko February 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Of course she is angry, you are disrupting a feeding process 😀

    • Words February 8, 2015 at 1:00 am #

      Darko, why didn’t I think of that 😈

      • Darko February 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm #