A bright eye-ring and black plumage distinguish the male blackbird. Follow this sequence of images and you'll see some with characteristic bright yellow bill, others- like this male, have a darker bill. I think this is a first-winter male.
This blackbird has squashed the berry he's about to eat. Others appear to swallow them whole.
Lockdown is an opportunity to discover more about a bird we think we know.
Robin and dunnock deserve our care. Garden feeders are tricky for them, they cannot cling on and feed so you'll often find dunnock mouse-like on the ground, pecking up morsels of fat fallen below the feeders. Lockdown is a good time to study wildlife, to observe behaviour and make discoveries. Taking photographs, I'm reminded of 'Skyfalll' and Judi Dench as M, instructing Moneypenny ' take the shot, take the shot.' Moneypenny hesitates, she cannot get a clean shot. Bond is in her line of fire and she has to take out the villain. Bird photography poses a similar problem. How to get a clean shot when birds feed deep in foliage? I want that split second when a red berry is poised in a blackbird's bill and a mote of light in the eye which brings the bird alive.