17:40, 13 JUN 2016
UPDATED 17:40, 13 JUN 2016
BY PETE BAINBRIDGE , JOSH PEACHEY
Paul Gartley has spent a month trying to get footage of the birds
A bird watcher who spent a month trying to film an elusive species believes he has finally captured them on camera.
Paul Gartley says he repeatedly saw a group of albino blackbirds in the early morning as he walked his dog in Irlams o’ th’ Height, Salford , but wanted to gather some hard evidence.
Paul, 42, thinks he finally caught the birds on his mobile phone as he walked on Bolton Road playing fields.
He told M.E.N: “I only saw them very early, between 4am and 7am in the morning. They hang around with others and I read online that they only last about a month in the wild because they stick out to predators.
"They bounce off as soon as you get within 50 yards of them but two weeks ago I managed to get close in my car and watch them for a couple hours.”
Albinism is often genetically inherited, and is a recessive characteristic, leading to rare numbers and very few of them surviving in the wild.