|Dusky Thrush - it may sound like an STD, but is in fact an attractive and very rare visitor from central Siberia
|The long-staying Derbyshire bird follows a brief occurrence of this species on the Isles of Scilly earlier in the year
|Apples on the orchard floor drew the Dusky Thrush back to the orchard repeatedly
|It was pretty dark in there, a slightly grainy ISO 2000 was often needed to avoid camera shake
The Dusky Thrush was present in a favoured orchard on my arrival, but it took a while to see as it was deep in cover. It took several more hours of patient waiting to get a half-decent photograph, as when present it tended to remain obscured in trees or obscured in the long grass of the orchard floor. At first light the crowd was three or four deep at the wall overlooking the orchard, but when the Thrush flew to neighbouring fields, as it regularly did, it thinned out and I was able to stake out a space with room to swing a moderately long lens. As the Thrush reappeared I was able to kneel down by the wall, providing a firm base to hold the lens steady in the low light of the shaded orchard as well ensuring I wasn't obscuring the view for those behind me.
|A better view of the breast pattern
|Rufous panel in the wing can just about be seen here
|A rare, clear view - bit it wouldn't look back over its shoulder!
|A wider crop of the first photo above
|Eastern Black Redstart - a very attractive male
|Lack of light was a bit of an issue again - this taken at ISO 3200 handheld
|A striking bird in a striking location
|A rear view of the EBR
|Sunset on the grounds of Tewkesbury Abbey