I thought it had been struck by a car and was seriously wounded. We came across it on a Sunday afternoon walk before Christmas.
It may indeed have had a brush but was only stunned and, after allowing me to get in close with the macro end of the Canon G10, comfortably flew off. Through binoculars this is a stunning Thrush, this close it has all the cool poise of a serious bird. Beautifully marked, particularly the cream eye stripe and red flanks, it is a bird that heralds the coming of winter and for the first time I can recall, visited our garden this year only to be met by a very territorial male Blackbird. It’s only when you get this close do you fully appreciate the feather structure and begin to marvel at the sheer complexity of it all!