I went to visit my mom this morning and, as usual, did a quick drive round the local area checking out various locations with berry bearing trees. For the umpeenth time since last autumn I turned into Eastbourne Avenue, Birmingham, to be greeted by the sight of 6 pinky coloured, starling-sized birds, perched in a tree.
I couldn't believe my eyes I'd finally managed to find my own waxwings. Woohoo!!!
Luck was certainly on my side today as I had my camera and bins with me as I was planning a trip to Brandon Marsh after visiting my mother.
I always find it hard to believe how confiding and tame these birds are and I was able to park right opposite the tree where they were feeding and snap away with the camera. Despite forgetting to set a higher ISO rating and not having the tripod with me (I balanced the camera on the car window ledge) I was quite pleased with some of the photos - see below. Sorry there are rather a lot!!
The trip to Brandon Marsh was abandoned as I couldn't wait to get home to upload the photos
What a great week - two lots of waxwings, Andy Murray through to the Australian Open Final and Villa back to winning ways!
Male Eastern black redstart looking for a mate
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