After leaving uni, we arrived just before opening time and were assembled near its favoured cotoneaster tree a few minutes later. At first the Thrush was sat deep in a hawthorn but it eventually plucked up the energy to fly into the berry tree.
Over the course of the next couple of hours we were treated to some stunning views of the male Black-throated Thrush as it ate berries and sa in the tree. I was expecting it to be smart but was actually still surprised by just how good a bird it was! At such close range we were able to see intricate feather detail including the pale fringes in its black throat - a feature which I particularly liked!
We also had time to walk around the rest of the zoo, seeing some cool animals as Red Kites circled in the sun. A cracking day out!