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Old 18th October 2013
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Rowan feast

An unusual encounter from today. We don't have any coniferous vegetation around to speak of, the biotope where these beautiful fellows are typically found, feeding oon pine seeds.

There were at least three couples feasting on a bounty of Rowan, just a few km outside the city limit. I was able to approach them fairly close without scaring them, getting some decent pictures just as the sun was about to set.

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Re: Rowan feast

Nice sighting.
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Re: Rowan feast

Beautiful natural light, very nice images. John.
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Re: Rowan feast

Fantastic detail lovely shots
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Re: Rowan feast

4 cracking images. Well done Tord.
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Re: Rowan feast

Thanks for kind words.

I was really happy with this encounter, by coincidence being at the right place at the right time and with good light. I would expect it to take 10+ years until next opportunity since they are usually not found here, and are not migrants in the true sense either.

I heard from another photographer that I came across that there had been sightings of Two-barred Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera), which are even less common. I will give it a try later this week, weather pending.
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Re: Rowan feast

You are getting brilliant results from that scope, Tord. It must be a gorgeous piece of glass, it's good to see it in such capable hands and being used so effectively.

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Re: Rowan feast

We had a female Two-barred Crossbill (White-winged Crossbill in North America) coming to a sunflower seed feeder for a few days last winter.
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Re: Rowan feast

Great detailed shots.
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Re: Rowan feast

Lovely set with the warm, evening light the icing on the cake.
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Re: Rowan feast

Technically excellent, as we are accustomed to from your hands, Tord!

That golden evening light is lovely! We do go into the season of low light now in the Nordic countries, nice to be able to sleep in late for a sunrise and not stay out forever for a sunset, haha! Looking forward to more images from that scope!

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Re: Rowan feast

Hehe

I am in Malmö. Talking about light, mid wintertime we have 6 hours daylight, which is probably much more than you have. However we have snow only a month per year or so (the previous 3-4 winters exception from rule). With the typical grey weather that prevails, december and january can be... terribly dark.

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Re: Rowan feast

I unfortunately failed in spotting any Two-barred Crossbills. Overcast weather and rain did not make photography easy, this may be the last picture I take of red Crossbills for years to come.

The sexual dimorphism is quite amazing I think.

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Re: Rowan feast

I think we're going to have a long winter. It was snowing going to work yesterday and today. At the same time we've still got summer migrants heading south with Kinglets and Juncos when I got home.
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Re: Rowan feast

Sorry, only just seen this thread. Lovely images of a scarce but fascinating species. Well done!

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