Monday, 1 November 2010
On Saturday I joined a group of local photographers at Barrow village just outside Whalley to enjoy an early arrival of waxwings in Lancashire. It was a large flock of over one hundred birds and was just a small part of the huge numbers currently in the country. It was the perfect morning for waxwing photography with blue skies,lots of rowan berries and an active flock of birds to thrill the gathered audience as only waxwings can do.
I spent a couple of hours with the birds and took around six hundred images of which only about one hundred were considered to be good enough to keep. It was all action at times as the birds came down to feed on the rowan berries. It had been a great season for berry production and there is certainly no shortage for the large numbers of waxwings and Scandanavian thrushes currently invading our shores. It was also very nice to catch up with other photographers who I had not seen for some time. A terrific session with what is definitely one of our most photogenic birds. I hope the few images I have shown above convey some of the beauty and character of these delightful birds.