R Is For Redstart and Rabirruivo.

A young black redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros, kind enough to let me get very close. It has many common names in Portuguese, the most common are pisco-ferreiro, literally meaning “blacksmith robin”, and rabirruivo-preto, literally meaning “black redtail”.

A stunning shot, click for full size!

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  1. says

    An amazing photo! Sometimes, when you catch them this age, they aren’t sure what’s going on, so they just freeze and watch you.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    This is also a gorgeous picture.

    Look at the whiskers in front of the eye!

  3. Nightjar says

    Thank you, Caine, jazzlet and Giliell! I think this was the most detail I ever got for a small bird. And they are super cute at these ages too, with that beak and the wispy bits as jazzlet says. :)

  4. voyager says

    What an amazing photo! Every detail is perfect. It belongs in National Geographic.

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