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Bird safari

We are more or less ‘housebound’ thanks to the Corona virus … so, we took a walk through the city.

It is now definitely spring because there are starlings singing from almost every tree.:

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris ssp. vulgaris); this one is not singing it is pruning its feathers

I usually don’t look at the Mallards because they are typical feral ducks, many of which don’t resemble wild ducks at all.:

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos ssp. ptatyrhynchos); a nice-looking couple

Another sign for/of spring are singing Chaffinches, like with the starlings, almost every tree has its own singing Chaffinch right now, however, they are very difficult to photograph because they usually fly away as soon as they spot the camera.:

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs ssp. coelebs); a male waiting for a female to arrive

This is a Goldfinch, it has one of the most beautiful songs of all European birds.:

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis ssp. carduelis); a photo with very bad light

This little cutie was hopping about as close as only one meter away from us, so I could make at least two quite good pictures.:

Robin (Erithacus rubecula ssp. rubecula)

Another little photo safari

Today we have been in the Botanical Garden of Jena, some kilometers from home, I wanted to try to ‘catch’ some birds with my camera.

I was able to get a little Robin.:

Robin (Erithacus rubecula ssp. rubecula)

I also got two Blackbirds, a female and a male.

Blackbird (Turdus merula ssp. merula); female
Blackbird (Turdus merula ssp. merula); male

It is astonishingly warm these days – thanks to global warming.


edited: 01.02.2020