Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Last Waxwings

There was recently a small flock of thirteen waxwings quite local to home for a couple of weeks in North Wales . They had become a popular attraction and even made front page of the local press. So I called in one late afternoon, to find the birds occasionally flying down to the rowan tree, being viewed by a small crowd and in some some wonderful low sunlight. I expect this will be my last session with the waxwings which no doubt will be departing northward soon. It has been a great winter for them across the UK and they are always a pleasure to photograph. For those interested the following photos were taken with the Canon 50D body.
Lucky photograph of the brief session was to catch one of the birds hovering off the end of some berries, having just plucked one while in flight.


Valerie said...

How extraordinary! I adore birds and saw my first group of waxwings last year in Maine! I was so excited I almost fell out of my canoe. Got quite a few pictures although none were nearly this wonderful!

Azahari Reyes @ Jason a.k.a horukuru said...

Nice shot on the last picture hehehe

Little Brown Job said...

That last shot is simply stunning!


David Alvarez said...

Amazing photos. I like waxwings!! I was living two years in Glasgow and I had the luck to see a few floks of them so close to my home for a couple of weeks. When I came back to Spain and I see a flock of starlings I always have the ilusion to see waxwings again.
Yo have a very nice blog!!

Greetings from Asturias, in the rainy north of Spain.

un saludo


Javier Tajuelo said...

What a wonderful bird. Excellent captures Richard.

Rich Steel said...

Many thanks for your comments. Valerie glad you managed to stay dry. I have seen quite a few photographers now using canoes to get some very nice low level photos of water birds.

David you must have some wonderful birds to photograph in north Spain. I suspect it is not as rainy there as here in north-west England!.



Steve B said...

Wow, your Waxwing is beautiful! Stunning. Although we are a few thousand miles apart and we have an ocean between us, I'm impressed at how similar your Waxwing is similar to our Cedar Waxwing and Bohemian Waxwing.


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