Whinchat - Saxicola rubetra

Whinchat - Saxicola rubetra - Moorland and Upland
Canon 800mm f6.3 for 1/1250th @ iso400

The RSPB has the Whinchat at Red status due to declining numbers. Mixed in with the small groups of Wheatear there was at least one male and two female Whinchat on Frodsham Marsh. The birds having wintered in either Southern or Central Africa return to breed in the western upland areas of the UK.

Not quite the photograph I was looking for - the one I would like to get is the "classic" of a Whinchat sat on foxgloves or perched on the fronds of a fern - maybe even with a caterpillar in it's beak.

For the moment I will settle for a Whinchat perched on a stalk - mainly as it is the first time I have found an obliging Whinchat who has sat out in the open !