Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Waxwing Invasion

During the last couple of weeks there has been an invasion of waxwings into the country.They have very quickly moved south following their arrival in the north of Scotland.There is possibly a shortage of berries here as well as in Scandanavia and the waxwings have been on the move seeking out their favourite winter food.Preston has been favoured with a large flock of about 150 birds which has been here for a number of days and has been commuting between three or four locations which still have a decent berry supply.I fear they may not be around much longer as this large flock soon makes short work of any available food.The local birdwatchers and photographers have been out in force and we have all enjoyed the thrill and excitement of one of birdwatching's special occasions.The weather was kind for a change and was ideal for photography with excellent light. Shown below are my attempts to capture the magic that is waxwings but it is something that has to be experienced to really appreciate these wonderful visitors from Scandanavia.I may publish more later and hopefully the waxwings will stay a little longer before moving on in their relentless search for food. Thanks for looking in.

8 comments:

  1. there's been a few sightings in North Wales so hoping they stick around til Friday so I can see them! Beautiful photos Brian - your sparrowhawk print is on the way btw, thanks again

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  2. Brilliant shots Brian and magic is a great way of describing them :-)

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  3. Brilliant account with brilliant images of a brilliant day with the waxwings Brian.

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  4. Excellent Brian. Making the most of it....no berries, no waxwing.

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  5. Good fun Brian. Some cracking images of these fab birds, no doubt see you soon if the sun ever comes out again! best

    g

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  6. Stunning work Brian. Had my first in Kent today.

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  7. As ever Brian, you took full advantage of these iconic birds.One never tires of watching these colourful birds plundering the berries.I for one never tire of looking at your wonderful images,whether they be waxwings,owls or waders.Keep up the good work mate and catch you soon!!!!!!

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  8. Yeah, think that you're right Brian - I should have gone for these after all! Oh well, I'll just enjoy your lovely images instead.

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