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Question Stone talks?

That fooled you.

Stonechats (Saxicola torquatus).

I came across a pair of these this week.

Mum with food for the chicks.


Dad with food for the chicks.


Typical Stonechat poses.




These are massive crops as I didn't want to get too close.

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Re: Stone talks?

They are such attractive little birds, and well done for not disturbing their site, so many people don't think, the image is too important to them.
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Re: Stone talks?

Mmm, juicy tucker

Photo No. 3 is my favourite!
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Re: Stone talks?

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Mmm, juicy tucker

Photo No. 3 is my favourite!
Thanks Rosemary.

No. 3 is my favourite too. A really typical pose for these birds which makes it difficult to get very close as they are always on the lookout.

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Re: Stone talks?

Never heard of these little fellas. #3 and #4 have captured the pose well.
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Never heard of these little fellas. #3 and #4 have captured the pose well.
Thanks OM User.

They are a member of the Thrush family and breed in open areas with low vegetation, nesting on the ground. They can be found both at lower elevations near the sea and in higher moorland areas.

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Re: Stone talks?

A great set, capturing the behaviour as well as the bird.
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Re: Stone talks?

Nice set.....especially from a distance.

I have planned to go for them on Long Mynd in Shropshire but the weather has defeated me every time....

Hope I manage to cope with the contrasty head on the Male when I eventually get there.

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Stone talks?

Nice images, please could you share what lens and body you used?
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Re: Stone talks?

Fantastic shots. I went camping a couple of weeks ago and there was one of these in the hedgerow early in the morning. Their call is literally like two stones being banged together. Hence the name I suppose.
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Re: Stone talks?

Many thanks John, Keith, Glee and Tim.

Keith.
The Long Mynd is a great place. In my "yoof" I flew Gliders there. I belonged to the Cambridge University Gliding Club (but didn't attend the Uni. ) and we used to move the whole club operation there every summer.

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Tim.
I think you're right about the call but sadly with the state of my hearing these days I have difficulty telling one bird from another.

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