Photographed at RSPB Old Moor Reserve in South Yorkshire.
It’s been a fantastic year for this beautiful winter visitor. There have been so many this year that most of their favourite berries (haws, guelda rose, rowan) have now almost gone, so they are now attacking the rose hips with some vigour.
Sony a77 with Sony 70-400SSM, f4-5.6 lens.

Top Ten Winner – Closeups in Nature Birds Eating Challenge


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Unborn tomorrow, and dead yesterday,
Why fret about them if today be sweet!

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  • dilouise
    dilouiseover 1 year ago

    Beautiful shot and perfect timing.

  • Thanks Di. Amazing how a berry in the beak makes a bird photo more interesting!

    – MikeSquires

  • dilouise
    dilouiseover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on another great feature, I love it.

  • Thank you Di. I saw this before I got the feature notification. Thought you had gone crackers and posted to the wrong picture! Should have known better shouldn’t I? Thanks again.

    – MikeSquires

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 1 year ago

    Congratulations this image is featured The Beautiful North of England Group for this week

  • Many thanks for your feature in ‘The Beautiful North of England’. Great to be included among so many lovely photos.

    – MikeSquires

  • Kat Simmons
    Kat Simmonsover 1 year ago

    Fantastic work!

  • Thank you Kat. Glad you like it.

    – MikeSquires

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Ruth. Great to be featured in ‘Animal & Wild Bird Photography’.

    – MikeSquires

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    Superb close up!

  • Thank you Angie. I’m pleased you like it.

    – MikeSquires

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randall11 months ago

    Birds Eating – Members Subject Challenge


  • Thank you Steve. It’s great to be a top ten winner in the Closeups in Nature group.

    – MikeSquires

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp10 months ago

    Nice work Mike

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB10 months ago

    November 15, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you Teresa. Lovely to be featured in Love These Creatures group.

    – MikeSquires

  • Alberto  DeJesus
    Alberto DeJesus10 months ago

    Fascinating detail!

  • Thank you Alberto.

    – MikeSquires

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