Saturday 5th Jan ….. Variations on a (Waxwing) theme …

January 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

     

Ian says … 10.45am and the sun looked as though it would break through the light cloud so a quick check on G.M.B.F. for the latest update on the Waxwings at Howe Bridge Crem. A report that no birds where present between 9.00 and 10.30 was not very encouraging so leaving Pauline poorly at home I just took binocs and a couple of buckets and headed out with the promise of a phone call to home if they turned up. No birds about when I got there but I could see other ‘togs so I went across for a chat – it’s always good to put names to faces.

At approx 11.50 eight birds turned up so it was a call to Pauline to bring the cameras. Why the buckets did you ask?  We already have plenty of the usual Waxwing shots for this year so it would be nice to get some bathing or drinking shots with a reflections and by now the small puddle they were using a few days ago had disappeared.  I refilled the puddle and waited for Pauline and kit to arrive. After taking a few shots of them in the Rowan I moved across to the puddle and waited. It took them a while to come down and by the time they did start to use it unfortunately it was almost in shade so not enough light to stop the action - oh well may be next time.

Pauline says ... 40 mins after Ian left the house I was just creeping off back to bed with a mug of complan enriched with a dollop of Manuka honey ... savouring the peace and quiet - when the phone sprang into its 'jazzy-razzmatazz' ... '8 birds bring the kit' .... oh fiddle-de-de ... I finally arrived at the crem - right place when you're feeling like death warmed over I thought - then scared myself thinking - it won;t be long before you are here in a box - so get over there and get taking some shots! The birds didn't find the 'new' puddle till the light had gone so I contented myself taking shots when they got in front of the most colourful backgrounds ... 


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