The Song Thrush is a now becoming a rarer bird with it being classified as red Status by the RSPB. It is believed by The RSPB , to have been in decline since the 1950’s with few bird surviving to breed . A more dramatic decline has been seen on farmland were from 1970 there has been a decline of around 70%.This decrease may well have been caused by the loss of suitable nesting sites and also a lack of food due to the modern use of insecticides and pesticides as their diet is mainly made up of worms ,snails and fruit.
They have the characteristic tenancy to use rocks as a form of anvil in order to break the shells of the snails they prey on. To a gardener these birds are of great use as a form of pest control unfortunately, the continued use of slug pellets may also be leading to their long term decline.
They are very similar in appearance to the Mistle Thrush which is a slightly larger bird with a dappled chest like the song thrush but its colouring is more grey where as the song thrush is a richer brown colour.
The song thrush is a bird that can be seen all year round in the U.K . It can be seen in mixed flocks in the winter sometimes ,alongside Fieldfare which migrate to Britain during the winter.
The image was taken with a Canon 50d and a Canon EFS 18-200mm at f5.6.
The image was shot at 5.6 due to the nature of the super zoom lens which tends to be soft at long focal lengths so a more shut down aperture was used to minimize this affect. This is fine for birds which are not moving at high speed. The picture was taken at 200mm so as to keep my distance from the subject so I could observe it natural behavior. In the left hand side of the image you can see the blurred image of a robin in flight rather than seeing this as a distraction I quite like it as it shows how active birds from the Turdidae family are even in cold conditions. It was important when taking pictures in the cold to remember to wear appropriate clothing for the weather which leads to its own complications in operating the camera. I got over this buy using a remote trigger from inside my pocket.