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Turdus iliacus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 March 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Turdus iliacus (NL: Koperwiek / EN: Redwing / DE: Rotdrossel / FR: Grive mauvis) is a bird in the thrush family Turdidae, native to Europe and Asia, slightly smaller than the related Song Thrush. It is 20–24 cm long with a wingspan of 33–34.5 cm and a weight of 50–75 g. The sexes are similar, with plain brown backs and with dark brown spots on the white underparts. The most striking identification features are the red flanks (The binomial name derives from the Latin words Turdus, "thrush", and ile "flank") and underwing, and the creamy white stripe above the eye. It breeds in northern regions of Europe and Asia, from Iceland south to northernmost Scotland, and east through Scandinavia, the Baltic States, northern Poland and Belarus, and through most of Russia. It is migratory, wintering in western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, and southwest Asia east to northern Iran. In Belgium they are only seen during winter. During the cold days last February a group of about 50 specimen stayed for about 5 days in an old tree in my backyard, giving me the opportunity to make some images

Image: Wijnegem (B) - 11/02/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 300 mm

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christine from oelegem, Belgium

Een verrassend onderwerp verrassend goed gebracht, mooi evenwicht tegen de egale achtergrond.

6 Mar 2012 8:15am

@christine: Ik ben inderdaad niet echt een vogelfotograaf .... Toch kon ik deze gelegenheid niet voorbij laten gaan. Een groep van een 50-tal van deze prachtige wintergasten in mijn achtertuin vond ik echt wel bijzonder.

L'Angevine from Angers, France

qui dominera le monde????

6 Mar 2012 8:38am

@L'Angevine: !!!! Nice comment - thanks !

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Very nice composition and framing

6 Mar 2012 2:45pm

@Christine: Thanks, Christine. The birds stayed for more then an hour, so I had plenty of time to make the image right ... Greetz !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Schön, diese beiden Rotdrosseln - und ein schöner Bildaufbau !

6 Mar 2012 4:22pm

@Loner: A really unusual image for my portfolio ... :-) Think I have been inspired by yours... I only make images of birds when I have a very good opportunity. This bird we don't see often around here (only during winter) and having about 50 in the backyard was really nice. Think you would have liked that too ! Warm greetz for you and your husband, Sonja !

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


6 Mar 2012 8:06pm

@Sof: Thank you very much for your visit and comment.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Simple, yet so sweet!

7 Mar 2012 1:44am

@Barbara Kile: An image doesn't have to be comlex to show the beauty of a species ... Glad you like it.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!

7 Mar 2012 10:51am

@omid: Thanks !

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
300 mm