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I'm hungry

I'm hungry (Turdus iliacus)

We felt very sorry for this Redwing that we met while we were photographing the Water Rails. For some reason it adopted us and started following us around like a little dog. We tried feeding it with the seeds and nuts we had with us but it didn't seem very interested. There were several feeders in the immediate vicinity so it was in no danger of starving. It had a big lump of ice on its tail that was clearly a handicap and a source of irritation. Its tail was in a dreadful state as it had tried to peck the ice off. We tried to get it to let us help but it wasn't that trusting. In the end it solved the problem himself by dipping its tail in on of the small pools of water that remained unfrozen. If it kept dipping its tail in the icy water it was possible that it would soon find himself in the same situation again.
After chasing Redwings around all winter I finally had one come to me so I took full advantage of the situation.
Path beside a stream
Date taken
13th February, 2010
Scientific name
Turdus iliacus
Equipment used
Canon 40D, 100-400mm IS
Thanks very much to all of you for the great response to this image. He certainly looked a lot happier when we left than he did when we came!

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