By HilaryinOman

Desert Wheatear

This is a female Desert Wheatear, the male is much more striking, with more black feathers. This bird used to be classed as a member of the Thrush family but now it is a member of the Flycatchers. This is the second time I've photographed a female Wheatear and although, as you can see their sandy colouring is an excellent camouflage for the Desert they also seem to like the beach for catching their favourite insects (flies and midges) I will try again for a male Desert Wheatear as they are very attractive birds and hope I am successful soon. I'm intrigued by her long beak with a very definite hook at the end, I presume this makes it an even better tool for catching flies and the like. 

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