As the Dusky Thrush was still frequenting gardens and fields around the small Derbyshire village of Beeley, I decided to go back on Sunday for another viewing, in the hope of getting some better images. This bird is proving to be very difficult to obtain a really good photograph, despite a number of good efforts from a wide range of well known bird photographers.
The weather has been the main culprit, as yet I don’t think there has been a full sunny day since it was discovered a week ago. It has always been very grey, cloudy, misty and foggy, all the wrong conditions for photography. The orchard in which it seems to favour, is also a tricky site and it is a case of being in the right place at the right time, when the bird appears. It doesn’t seem to hang around for any length of time, only giving tantalising and brief views for the camera and it also disappears for long periods of time before it eventually returns, only a few times during the day, to it’s favoured orchard. The first few hours of the morning seem to be the best time to see the bird well.
So I was very pleased with the following few photographs that I took on the morning of Sunday 11th December, during the four hours I spent at the site.
Dusky Thrush – probably a 1st winter male – Beeley, Derbyshire – 11th December 2016 – Tony Davison©