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Waxwings

These rare birds are coming in from Scandinavia this Winter in unprecedented numbers, presumably because there is a shortage of berries over there. These two are from a flock of 35 that we found last Thursday and have been hanging around the same bit of hedgerow on and off since then.

That's a nice berry, wish I had one!




Oh all right, here you are then dear!



Taken with E-M5 plus M 75-300mm in pretty dismal weather.

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Two Lovely pictures
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Re: Waxwings

You lucky devil.
I've never seen a waxwing andthey are high up on my list of 'Birds I want to see'
Great images. I am very envious.
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Re: Waxwings

Yes I feel very privileged to have spotted them. Unfortunately word gets around and on Sunday the area was crawling with twitchers. Over four visits I have taken about 500 images, mainly on the Canon, now I have to spend some time on the computer to sort them. It is unfortunate that I will be deleting hundreds of images some of which a lot of people had wished they had the opportunity to take. Such is digital life!

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Wow, have never seen one in real life
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Re: Waxwings

Verrrry nice David. Love to see one or two of these pretty birds myself.
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Re: Waxwings

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You lucky devil.
I've never seen a waxwing andthey are high up on my list of 'Birds I want to see'
Great images. I am very envious.
Jon.
According to the "Birdguides" website there were Waxwing reported today on Raasay. Not very far but probably not easy to get to. There are also reports of them at South Glendale on S.Uist and at Inverness.

The most fantastic pictures of Waxwings I have seen were taken in Shetland where folks put apples on sticks and the birds come down to feed while they hold them! Might be worth a try.

If you want to find out what rare birds are around Birdguides www.birdguides.com is a very useful resource.
You need to register but it's free and gives you reports of rare bird sightings around the UK as they are phoned in.

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Re: Waxwings

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Great images. I am very envious.
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Re: Waxwings

That is a strong pair bond indeed if they are still feeding each other in the flock. Great to see behaviour like this and very nice shots too David.

I have not seen any this year so far but there are flocks in Carlisle and Dumfries
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Re: Waxwings

Peter I had heard about Waxwings on Raasay but didn't have the chance to get over there today.

My mate Ken Bryan, a very gifted photographer has been seeing them outside his gallery at Broadford. They are quite high up in the trees though.
The weather here at the moment is horrendous, and is set to continue like this for a good few days.
How long does the Waxwing season last for?
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They will stay till there are no berries left and then move on.
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Re: Waxwings

Nice! I don't have a single photo of a Waxwing yet - let alone a nice set as these!
The last time when there must have been a bunch of them at my place, sitting in my wifes decorative apple tree (baring bright red 1 inch apples), I was sitting myself - on the loo
My wife shouted: "Have a look outside, there are some unusual birds" - in said apple tree, which is just 2m from the window BTW. But, you guessed it right, I had no chance in this multi tasking affair
What I could hardly belive afterwards was, that she was not positively able to tell me wether they had been indeed Waxwings or not, even after showing her pictures of them - as well as every other imaginable bird

Okay, thats about as muchinfo as you could possible take, right
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Re: Waxwings

Lovely shots David, we had Waxwings here last winter up at the square feeding on the trees in front of the shops... needless to say plenty of people watching them, and taking pictures, i tried but only had my 40-150 lens, now I have the 70-300 I might have been able to get some nice pictures as they were not afraid of humans watching them...

There are reports of birds in Ipswich at the moment...

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Re: Waxwings

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Peter I had heard about Waxwings on Raasay but didn't have the chance to get over there today.

My mate Ken Bryan, a very gifted photographer has been seeing them outside his gallery at Broadford. They are quite high up in the trees though.
The weather here at the moment is horrendous, and is set to continue like this for a good few days.
How long does the Waxwing season last for?
They have been around for about a month. Generally they move South and West through the UK (and Ireland)over the winter.
Check with Bob on Skye Birds.
http://www.skye-birds.com/reports
I haven't seen any in Penicuik recently but did see some near East Linton on the A1. All of us were travelling South.
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Re: Waxwings

Hi,

Only ever seen one down in west Cornwall, too far I guess
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