Friday, 30 December 2016

Welshpool - more Waxwings!!

I was just defrosting the car with Waxwings on my mind, when I had a call from Dave Chapman... he was thinking likewise! And after he'd exhausted local possibilities, news of a small flock in Welshpool (Marc Hughes found these!) seemed like a good idea to check out and he picked me up...

It's only just over the border and eventually, with just a little bit of luck and nous we were on them! Always an awkward situation, pointing camera lenses out of the car at the Sorbus trees but we engaged with the locals who had no problem! Shame about the light though, pretty gloomy, high ISO and low shutter speeds!! The dark background initially seemed a complete waste of time but it was effective and the pics are growing on me :-)

In amongst the twigs and clutter...




A flash of wing :-)


And then the lone clump with a clean background! Which is a front door!!






Picking berries...






And swallowing them!





Back to the clutter...




 Two for the price of one here!




To finish off, another clean branch and a close up.....




... News came out from Martyn Owen that there was small flock in St Michaels St. Shrewsbury!! Despite dropping everything and firing back they were nowhere to be seen! But that's Waxwings for you :-)


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