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The Photo of the Month (see gallery) is a year-round calendar of wildlife and nature images with story contributions from visitors, friends and fellow photographers.
 When it comes to nature photography, it's not only those exciting tales of high adventure that often accompany talent and skill for a fabulous result. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a well-timed shot, or well-framed one, can say as much about you as a photographer too. So, if you'd like to showcase one of your pictures here, free, for one calendar month with a short story or personal account, then this page is for you.
Thrush Power by Roger Cox
Roydon Wood, The New Forest, Hampshire
Given their idyllic songs, benign appearance, and skittish behaviour, one might suppose thrushes to be timid, genteel birds with more flight to them than fight. They do take a more aggressive stand in winter to protect hard-to-come-by berry bushes, but if there’s one thrush more capable than most of throwing its weight around to prove a point beyond posturing, it’s the dotted and dapper missel or mistle thrush.
 So-called for its supposed liking for mistletoe berries, the mistle thrush is the largest of our thrushes and lives on a seasonal variety of seeds, fruit, and invertebrates. But period-driven food shortages aren’t the only sparks to ignite them into a state of aggression with more weight behind it than a rival might presume.
 Another name for them is Stormcock, as they’re said to be undaunted by the weather when singing or defending their nests and young against threats as formidable as sparrowhawks, barn owls, and buzzards. As parents, they show tremendous courage by swiftly executing fierce attacks on raiders, as if to "put the missile" into the missel part of their name. From the very tops of trees, a pair will vigorously and mercilessly dive-bomb an adversary with such ferocity that one such incident recorded by 1Cocker and Mabey, resulted in the death of a trespassing jackdaw – a freak accident perhaps but a blow delivered with enough daring to earn themselves a reputation for being the sort of bird intruders often underestimate to their peril.

 1. The Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey, where the authors detail how a pair of mistle thrushes defended their nest by “driving away a sparrowhawk and buzzard, knocking a barn owl off its perch and attacking and killing a jackdaw.”

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