Gallery three
       All images on this page are kindly supplied by Rónán McLaughlin
            you can see more of his excellent images here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronanmclaughlin/


Bluethroat images by  Rónán McLaughlin


Bluethroat images by  Rónán McLaughlin


A small robin-like bird, the male is unmistakable in spring with his bright blue throat, bordered below with bands of black, white and chestnut. Its central throat spot can be white or chestnut, depending on which subspecies you are looking at -'white-spotted' or the more numerous 'red-spotted'. They can be quite secretive, flicking into the cover of a bush with a flash of their chestnut tail patches.

A rare visitor to Ireland, this is the 34th record of this species of bird. ----  Rónán McLaughlin

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