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This blog will contain pictures and information from my everyday encounters with nature in London and the surrounding areas. I will log details of the origin of each photograph thus recording what there is to be seen and where it was seen. I very much welcome anyone else who can upload photos and information about nature in London and the home counties. I work freelance in the film industry so have plenty of days off. I hope to update Monday to Friday and once on the weekend posting at around 19.30, I don't post on bank holidays

Monday, 7 March 2011


Male Blackbird- Brixton Water Lane
I've often wondered why the Blackbird is named so when there are other British birds more deserving of the title like the Carrion crow or Raven. Indeed the female is actually brown and the male has very noticeable orange beak and eye ring. I've read that until C18th larger birds like the Carrion Crow and the Raven were referred to as fowl, where as the smaller species were called birds this may be how the Blackbird got its name. I enjoy watching them tilt their heads to one side as if listening for worms in fact I think they are looking for food. Males may be seen performing quite fancy displays to attract a female. Once they do they will usually mate in their pair for life. Many are resident all year through but in late autumn and through winter numbers swell as migratory birds visit.

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