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Afternoon Delight


Joined June 2012

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Bohemian Waxwing – Bombycilla garrulus

This photo was Taken in South Ealing, London, United Kingdom.

These stunning birds decided to feed on a Rowan, or Sorbus berry bush, just next to a busy road in the middle of London. There was a running battle with the Mistle Thrush, who thought he owned the bush and would fight off the waxwings once it realised they were in his patch. The weather was horrible, completely overcast, but the sun poked through just long enough for them to fly over and feed, allowing me to take this shot. Sadly between the Mistle Thrush and some car horns, the waxwings became startled and two flew in the glass of a nearby bus shelter. I picked one up, while a gentleman picked up the other which was already lifeless. We placed them in a dark area just under the tree and after about an hour of resting it gained strength and, after me inspecting one last time, it took off up into a nearby tree. I went from viewing these beautiful birds for the first time, to the death and a reincarnation of one – a strange day indeed!

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Taken with a Canon 7d with a 100 – 400 L series lens

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