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Saturday, 5 January 2013

Waxwings



I've been very lucky the last few days. The end of last year has seen some good numbers of these birds near me, and I've managed to catch up with them a couple of times.

I got a call from Trevor yesterday. 'Do ya fancy going to see some Waxwings in the town center?'



We drove over there, parked up in one of the extortionately priced car parks, and straight away found a large group of at least 50 or 60 birds, trilling away, and guzzling berries, as the shoppers completely unaware of this spectacle of nature, went about their business of spending money they haven't got, on stuff they probably don't need.


I hate Milton Keynes at times.




























But times like this, I enjoy it ........ a bit.



42 comments:

  1. How lucky you are to have such amazing birds there ;-) Would love to see just a single one in my area !

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  2. Brilliant...worth the parking charge. I love the way they have to get a berry the right way round to eat it.

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  3. great shots of this beautiful bird, glad you caught up with them, it looks like they have moved on from up here!

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  4. Those are absolutely gorgeous Keith and I'm green with envy. As I've said before I hate shopping centres but this one would be worth visiting for a sight like that!

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  5. I hate Milton Keynes full stop Keith. About the only time I go up there is when the Waxwings arrive.
    Sums Milton Keynes birders up though to me. Most of them will only go and watch birds if they can do it without getting out of their cars.

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  6. Excellent shots Keith, well worth the trip!...[;o)

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  7. Thank you Pescalune. You still get some lovely birds there though. I'll see if I can send some your way :-)

    Thanks Adrian. They seem so frantic when eating. In the rush to turn some berries, they seemed to drop quite a few.

    Thank you Gary. Well, you did have them first lol

    Thanks Jan. It was the first time I'd been over there in years. Dreadful place; but good to see these birds.

    Rob, the only time worth going there, when these beauties turn up.
    Your description of MK birders is about right. A strange breed in my experience.

    Trevor, it was great wasn't it. Good to see them crapping on so many cars too lol

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  8. Good for you Keith, and Trevor.

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  9. some of the most beautiful birds in the world. :)

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  10. Thanks Bob.

    They certainly are Theresa. :-)

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  11. Those photos are tack sharp, and the colours are exquisit. Excellent work

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  12. Keith, extraordinary shots! I find the Waxwings are so elegant!

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  13. Amazing birds Keith. Its great that you can just go toa shopping area and see them like that. they arn't fussy are they.

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  14. Jemiołuszki cudownie wyglądają wśród czerwonych owoców. Mając je w dziobie są urocze. Cudowne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam .
    Waxwings wonderful look of red fruit. Having them in the bow are adorable. Wonderful pictures. Yours.

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  15. Thanks Shaun. They're great subjects.

    Thank you Robin. They are beautiful birds to see.

    Roy, completely agree. They seem to turn up in the strangest of places. They're just eating machines lol

    Giga, thank you for stopping by, and your comment.

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  16. Beautiful images Keith. These birds are so lovely.

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  17. They certainly are a beautiful bird Horst. Thank you.

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  18. Hi Keith...It doesn't matter you live there are always shopping centers , but the one thing that they do is have landscaping done at these shopping centers, and it seems to always be tree that makes a beautiful splash of color in the spring and fruit in the fall, and that's where they go where the food is LOL!! Same thing here!!
    I smile when I see these beauties, caught myself doing it : )...I hope to see them here soon I have to check back to see when it was last year!!
    "Cracking" good shot's Keith ; )
    Love to see them toss the fruit into the air a catch it!
    Hugs
    Grace

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  19. Great shots Keith, really lucky to have so many in your area

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  20. wow nothing is more exciting than a flock of waxwings...I love their energy! You made some gorgeous photos of them Keith!!

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  21. Respect for such beautiful pictures .. here in Germany they are very rare to find not at all ... and when you like so many in a tree .. ;-))
    greetings Frank

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  22. Grace, you're probably right about shopping centers. If they planted more trees, knocked down the shops, and got rid of the people, they'd be even better lol
    Hope you get to see some Waxwings soon.

    Thank you Bob. We've been lucky here with so many this year.

    Thanks Sondra. I know of no other bird that evokes such excitement among birders & non birders alike. Truly stunning birds. Long may they do so.

    Frank, thank you. Every few years we seem to have lots turn up; when the berries are in short supply in Scandinavia. This year has been a good year here. Next year, probably none. The great thing about birdwatching; never predictable. :-)

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  23. can't get enough of these waxwings - would love to see them again before they head off - great pics

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  24. Thanks Sharon. They certainly are lovely birds.

    Thanks Paul.

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  25. nice birds tho eh. often found in super market car parks....

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  26. I wouldn't have minded paying to see those in those numbers...
    woo hoo... great pics too :D
    (agree about the shoppers thought ;) )

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  27. Wonderful images of these little beauties Keith... I have seen them this tear but only from a distance through the bins.

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  28. It amazes me the places they turn up Pete.

    Thanks Tricia. MK is very overrated in my opinion. lol

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  29. Thanks Andrew. I've been lucky so far, and had some close encounters with them.

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  30. Wow! Right in the town center you say. Sometimes it is unbelievable what you can overlook if you are not "tuned" for it.

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  31. Thanks Choy Wai. It seems the only thing that bothered them was the traffic going by. They certainly brightened the day.

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  32. I'll never bore of looking at photos of Waxwings Keith. Great selection and glad to hear that Milton Keynes is good for something.

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  33. Thanks Adam. Yea, the birds are the only good thing about this place. lol

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  34. superb images Keith !!! Where abouts are they in MK ? I wouldn't mind a few pics myself :-)

    Mark

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  35. Cheers Mark.
    These were near Lloyds Court, CMK, the bank, and across the road. Not sure if they're still around there now though.
    I expect they will turn up at Caldecotte soon.

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  36. I forgot to look at the waxwing at first. I was amazed by the green, reds, clear air and lack of snow. This morning we are sitting in fog, snow, cold. There is a storm comming that will clear out the fog thisafternoon though. Yes, I did go back to reality and admire the waxwings in the end. They are great.

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  37. Thanks Dale, glad you enjoyed them.
    It's cold here at the moment, and the forecast is for snow later. Probably not on the scale you get it there though. :-)

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  38. Gorgeous images, they are such handsome birds.

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  39. Thank you Gillian, they certainly are.

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  40. Oh excellent. I'm so happy you got them!! And beautifully! Well done Keith!

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  41. Thanks Chris. They really are great birds to spend time with.

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