Red-flanked Bluetail

The first time I heard of this species was 1993. I had hardly started birdwatching and I learned of a twitch to see this bird at Winspit, Dorset. At the time I believe it was only Britain’s 13th record and therefore much sought after by listers. Needless to say I didn’t bother.

Fast forward less than four years and I am living in Hong Kong. Mention Red-flanked Bluetail here and people hardly bat an eyelid. Common as muck. Except that the bird is uncommonly beautiful. Well the male is. I wasn’t looking for RFB today but one threw itself in front of me. As it was a male I can hardly call it a brazen hussy but you know what I mean. It stayed in the same copse for about an hour. Still there I expect. Now it was not so shameless as to pose without giving me a bit of target practice. Steady, aim, click…. bum! Gone!

But I did manage a few snapshots and I leave you to decide whether you would twitch this bird. Me, I’ll just wait for another one to come along.

Tarsiger cyanurus Tarsiger cyanurus4 Tarsigercyanurus3 Tarsiger cyanurus2

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19 thoughts on “Red-flanked Bluetail

    • Dawn, I am happy that you liked my bird-friend. I enjoyed standing quietly on the edge of the copse, waiting for him to do a circuit and see whether he would perch cooperatively each time. Nothing wrong with a little patience and communing with a Bluetail.

  1. This bird has personality. The second pix in the series shows determination and confidence. Anthropomorphism is a favored portal amongst a certain class of birders — me included. Your birds oft show us viewpoints into perceived traits of humanity. I like these little birds. They remind me of the birds flyin’ outside my window here at the cottage. Thanks, Andrew.

  2. I would definitely point a lens at this bird and I would likely go some distance to see one in person. Not “to Hong Kong” distance though. I think the first 3 images are stellar and am pleased to know that you got good light on 3 out of 4. Photos 2 and 3 are exceptional images IMHO. I am always amazed at the variety of birdlife around the world. Every day I see photos of a bird(s) that just make me realize how confined in experience I am. Thanks for bringing some high quality bird photos to your blog and G+.

  3. He is indeed a real beauty, and looks like a cheeky chappy too – he reminds me of a rather more sartorial and stream-lined Blue Tit but with the markings the other way round. No, possibly not…I need to go and remind myself what a Blue Tit looks like. I may be making a complete tit of myself here…Great photos, Andrew.

  4. Ooooh what a beauty. And the photos are excellent. Not a cotton-pickin thing wrong with these. All the captures are wonderful. I’d sit there for an hour or more for sure to get these kinds of shots.

    • Good to see you here Yvonne. Are you still confined to library online time or are you up and running again? Whichever it is I hope you have a happy Christmas and that 2014 is a better year for us all but especially you.

      • Thank you, Andew for the better year wishes. I have my old computer back, Nothing major. Will order a new one maybe this week-end since my laptop is 4.5 years old now. Just not sure if I should get a Dell tower with Windows 7 and then buy a monitor to go with it. Or get a HP with windows 8 laptop. Dell is the only one at Costco with Windoiws 7 but it is a desk top. A computer is a must for me. I look up many things on Google and I don’t have a TV- gave that up over a year ago to save money. Besides don’t want to give up blogging. Sort of keeps me going. 🙂

        Here’s wishing you and Ms Ha a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

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