Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Delicious beetle

A summer ♂ Stonechat (Saxicola torquata/Roodborsttapuit) is of course more attractive to show, because of his black head, contrasting orange throat and breast, and white patches on the sides of its neck. However, I choose for this picture of a ‘duller’ ♀ because of the caught beetle which is about to be fed to her nestlings.
This small passerine bird breed in heathland, coastal dunes and rough grassland with scattered small shrubs, open gorse, tussocks or heather. The ♂ has a clicking call like stones knocking together, for which it was named.

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