Old Female Eurasian Blackcap Bird


Not every photo comes with a happy story. When I did hike through a small forest in Reinfeld, I noticed a bird sound in the shrubs. I found the bird in the photo of this post close to me, I was surprised because the bird was just a few meters away from me and it did not fly away when I came closer. Birds don’t let you come that close, and here is the sad story, the did just walk away from me, which is why I assumed that it had trouble to fly. I thought it was an old bird or a bird with a disease. I did take the photo that you can see in this post and watches the bird walking slowly deeper into the shrubs to hide from me. I did not intervene to help the bird, because I think nature is about evolving and ending life, and apart from that I would probably not even find out what kind of problem the bird suffered from. The bird was probably an easy meal for a forest predator like the fox for example.

Talking about the bird species, I do assume that I shot a photo of an Eurasian blackcap. Males have a black cap, that’s where the name comes from, but females and fledglings have a red cap. The bird looks old and has a red cap, which is why I assume that it must be a female Eurasian blackcap. Some time ago I uploaded a photo of a male Eurasian blackcap and showed it in a post. I found a video on YouTube with the bird song and it shows a gender comparative picture in the video. If you are interested to learn more, check out the Wikipedia article about the bird. Bird identification is not always easy, if you think it’s another bird, let me know in the comment section! If you are new to my blog, check out my other bird articles and photos.

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