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...interesting thing this morning, after some heavy rain this bird arrived in the tree opposite my window in the West End of Glasgow, then after a while another and another, the first bird looked drookit wet and was preening itself, after a while one of the older birds I think tried to get it to fly off and follow, then both of the other birds tried and eventually they all vanished and the local birds started to sing again.

I'm guessing they might be Sparrow Hawks??? Help please all you bird photographers, please ignore the lack of quality, I was shooting through glass with an extender on my 70-300mmat the long end.

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Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:27 Aug 2012 - 10:46 AM
Tags:Glasgow, Landscape / travel, Scotland, Wildlife / nature
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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven Plus Member 3276 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 11:12 AM

I'm not 100% sure but it looks like a juvenile Mistle thrush.........or a Song thrush........TongueTongue

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 11:20 AM

Certainly loos like a Mistle Thrush when I searched for it. Many thanks, three confirms what you say.

Dougie

woolybill1
woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 11:27 AM

Drookit wet - what a lovely expression!
It's bigger than a spuggie (a Geordie sparrow) and smaller than a Golden Eagle; not a seagull, not a parrot.
That's about my limit, I'm afraid.
But I'll point a camera at anything too - glad you are of the same inclination Smile
Regards
Bill

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8690 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1197 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 11:28 AM

I can see why V1 might give you the sparrow hawk idea. V3 is the give-away! That's a mistle thrush, I'm pretty sure.
Moira

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 11:32 AM

Yes you are of course all correct even Bill with his delightful comment.
I think the Hawk has a line above it's eyes.

Anyway my Uncle would have ridiculed me for that one had he still been alive. Tongue

My *long" lens is only long in landscape terms even with the 1.4 attached. I was chary of opening the window and frightening the damned bird away.

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 27 Aug 2012 - 11:34 AM
RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5148 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 11:59 AM

Bill's expansive knowledge of ornithology far exceeds my own, Dougie.
Ronnie.

Last Modified By RonnieAG at 27 Aug 2012 - 12:00 PM
danbrann
danbrann Plus Member 10521 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 12:54 PM

Probably a Mistle Thrush Dougie but I do think V2 is your best image. Results through glass are not the best as I have experienced recently.However I was always told a bad picture is better than no picture at all at least they can usually serve for identification purposes. You will just have to build a hide in the garden Bill and wait for any bird who will come and pose for you.

NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44026 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom111 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 1:22 PM

I think the verdict has been passed on this image, so I shall conclude by saying "three rather nice images Dougie", depicting this rather charming 'Mistle Thrush' Version III reminds me somewhat of a Meerkat...

Regards Nathan

rontear
rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 4:02 PM

Ya got it !! Dougie, thats what matters. Love your expressions, we have a term here in London f......soaked !!Wink
Ron.

Last Modified By rontear at 27 Aug 2012 - 4:02 PM
Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 4:06 PM

Yep means the same Ron.

AnnChown
AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 4:58 PM

Definitely a thrush Dougie - tho' I wouldn't be able to say whether it was mistle or song - but he's a beauty.
Ann

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 5:20 PM

V2 is really good - a thrush yes - but which kind??
Joan/

barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 5:28 PM

V2 is my favourite... had a sparrow hawk in the back yard and it had a different shaped body to my old eyes...

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly Plus Member 8342 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Aug 2012 - 8:29 PM

I am pretty certain it's not a sparrow hawk Dougie but a most interesting story to accompany your photo and well grabbed shot

brownsilent
brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2012 - 9:28 AM

Got myself drookit wet this morning. It is heavily raining and tonight is an open-air Runrig concert for which I have tickets. Hit my new little red car against the garage this morning, got wet, wet, wet while out for shoppings, feel a scratch in the throat since yesterday, headaches and a very bad mood.... not my day.... think I let Runrig be Runrig and hide in my bed tonight. Brother not well, daily trips are tiring... No, definitely not my day.

You seem to have still very good eyesight - well seen these little birdies.
Johanna

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