Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Waxy apples








I found these very obliging Waxwings feeding on apples in a front garden in Werrington yesterday. The owner of the house was very very accommodating, allowing myself and Mike Weedon to take some photos.

These are the first of a few that I took, more will follow.

22 comments:

  1. I think these were the left-overs of a larger flock that arrived in Carron Drive on Monday (20+). That flock flitted around the Dukesmead area for around a day and a half. They gave a blackbird in a Carron Drive garden a very hard time as they nicked all the berries!

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    1. Hi Dan,
      Yes, I saw a flock of 20 behind Porcelenosa on Monday afternoon, these may have been from that. These birds were feeding with Blackbirds and even a little female Blackcap joined in!
      J

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  2. Fantastic images of these lovely birds John...

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  3. HI John...Nice...they are gorgeous!!
    Grace

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    1. Hi Grace,
      They are lovely birds!
      J

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  4. ¸.•°♡⊱彡

    Passei para uma visitinha e para admirar suas fotografias.
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil ✿ °•.¸


    (⁀‵⁀,) ✫✫✫
    .`⋎´✫✫¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫
    ✫¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫
    .•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫✫ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    1. Thank you Magia and a Merry Christmas to you too.
      J

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  5. Dear John, beautiful! Today I have a question: you may know David Suchet who "is" Hercule Poirot (otherwise please just look into the Internet). I want to know what sort of bird - in silver - is the head of his walking stick? Might be what I think an ibis might look, or a crane, or whatsoever. I am convinced you will 'detect' it at one glance. Thank you! Britta

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    1. Hi Britta,
      Thank you, you are too kind.
      The bird on the top of Poirot's cane is a Swan. I looked at some images and then I double checked, definitely a Swan.
      J

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    2. Thank you, John, you helped me very much! (Need it for an essay).

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    3. My pleasure Britta, hope it helped.
      J

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  6. Great shots John, very much the bird of the moment, we've had a lot up here in North Wales, and great fun photographing them.

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    1. Thanks Gary,
      Yes, they are pretty much everywhere this year. Lovely, photogenic birds.
      J

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  7. Great pictures, especially colour-wise. The waxwing appears to be striking an angry pose! Thanks for the link link to Mike's site; he has some excellent wildlife pics.
    Click here for Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

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    1. Thanks Bazza,
      The lovely light helped, which quickly got worse! Mike has some stunning photos, but he is lucky that his work enables him to travel to exotic places (he is Assistant Editor on Birdwatching Magazine).
      J

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  8. That was very obliging of the house owners to let a pair of 'Dodgy' looking characters into their garden.{:))
    Great shots of this beautiful bird again John.

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    1. Thanks Roy,
      The owner is a nice bloke who allowed photographers on the last big Waxwing year when he had up to 70 in his front garden!
      I think he looked twice when he saw Mike though! ;)
      J

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  9. Always a pleasure to see these birds John. You got some great captures there; and blue skies too!

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    1. Thanks Keith,
      Yes blue skies are just a memory as I look out on a grey, miserable, wet day! Maybe the world will end tomorrow?!
      J

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  10. They are lovely John....and I am soooo envious!! know it's still early but I think that just like last time I am destined not to see them despite vigorous efforts....and apples spiked onto my trees....I've even been dreaming about them, how sad is that ;-)

    That's a great little Trivial Pursuit or pub quiz question which Brigitta posed!

    Well done with the Pink-footed Geese on the last post, I particularly liked the first photo.

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    1. Thank you Jan, don't be too envious, I just got lucky! I live on the east of the country, so it is easier for me to see these birds, although they do seem to be pretty much everywhere this year. You have got until at least March to see at least one, so don't give up hope!
      I think that I am right in saying that it's a Swan on the cane, but other photos that I have seen show a different head, but these aren't birds.
      Hopefully the Pink-feet will hang on until next year, a good year tick! ;)
      J

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