Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) [male], Ferry Lane, Nr Rainham Marshes RSPB, Essex, 28/02/2013. I perpetually miss this species locally - they never seem to stay more than an hour or so before moving on. And, I suddenly found myself with a spare afternoon, the promise of sunshine (Ha!) and both a male and female "showing well" near Rainham. As it turned out, this beautiful male wasn't up for giving close views today but I did manage to grab this distant shot through some industrial fencing (almost 100% crop!). The female bird was also around (although distant and elusive) and I was very pleased to have seen both sexes of this species on my first sighting of it.