I was really fortunate to see this group of young blackbirds yesterday as I peered out of an upstairs window. I was relieved that the image came out reasonably well as I had to be quick – the bird on the left saw me and flew off a couple of seconds after I took this – and I also couldn’t risk opening the window so I had to shoot through the glass. I was also really pleased that the image came out reasonably well as up until now all attempts at photographing birds has resulted in blurry splodges.
The thing I like about this photo is that it captures the birds in what I can only describe as sunbathing. I’ve watched this phenomenon over the last couple of years whereby blackbirds sit either on a branch or on a low hedge a few feet from the kitchen window and will spread out their wings in the sun – completely unperturbed. Often they will sit like this for many minutes. Most times blackbirds, like most birds (urban pigeons excepted) behave cautiously and are usually on the look-out for potential danger, so to see them engaged in what seems to be relaxed behaviour – their equivalent of ‘chill-out time’ – is quite extraordinary and is always such a delight to see.