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Common (European) Blackbird
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Common (European) Blackbird
(Tudus merula)

This is a slightly smaller than life-size watercolour and gouache painting on paper, showing a male European Blackbird, just rousing from a sun bath.   I came across such a bird in England many years ago, as he was fully spread out in the sun, but by the time I had found a piece of paper to make a quick sketch on, he had started to rouse himself, looking a little dazed, mouth still open, wings drooping.  
Recently I saw an American Robin (Turdus migratorius) do the exact same thing.   They are closely related and this time I was more prepared, and combined the two studies, made decades apart, into one pose.

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