Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Bonus - a Waxwing!

At 2.15 p.m., I was walking down the road near my house, and passed a large cherry tree which has begun to attract a plethora of birds during this cold weather. I stopped to watch the local thrushes and Blackbirds compete with hordes of incoming Redwings for the berries. I started to move on, when I suddenly looked up and saw a Waxwing perched on a branch in front of me. Woohoo! Always a delight to see this beautiful bird, and even better when it's a five-minute walk from home (and only about a hundred yards from where I saw a single Waxwing about a month ago). I took a few pictures with the camera and small lens I had in my bag, before rushing home to get my biggest lens - a 500mm. I had been on my way somewhere else, but it could wait - for a Waxwing. I thus spent the next hour lurking suspiciously in suburban shrubbery, toting an unfeasably large lens, and doing my best to get a few decent shots of this bird as it fed towards the top of two cherry trees (there was a much smaller tree of the same species next to the big one):

Whilst waiting for the Waxwing to come within range, I was able to get a few shots of the very approachable Redwings:

About 3.35 p.m., the Waxwing flew into another roadside tree, where it sat for a couple of minutes, before flying off roughly westwards over the houses. Hopefully, it will be back tomorrow!


  1. Beautiful bird indeed! I remember when I was a kid in elementary school art class, we had to pick out a bird from the supplied bird books and do a drawing of it. I picked out the waxing because I thought it was the coolest looking bird in the book. Thanks for sharing! Good luck tomorrow.

  2. Thank you Jeremy for such beautiful waxwings!! They are tack sharp, posed perfectly, and the added berries is a Christmas delight! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Linda

  3. Your bird photographs are awesome!

  4. Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog.
    I have also been putting Niger seed on the teasels for my neighbour Ian Tew while he was away for a few days - and also replenishing his bird feeders.
    I must point him to your images.