|Waxwings, Hadleigh, February 2004
|The Waxwings in East Anglia have been very mobile of late, presumably as a result of the berry
stocks thinning out.
Driving out of town with fellow Hadleigh birder Kit Day (see Kit's website for more shots), we
passed under a tree containing a flock of 17 birds within half a mile of home. Everything fell
into place: the birds dropped down to feed and put on a show, the light was right and we had
them all to ourselves at close quarters for long enough to get some shots.
The birds followed a familiar routine. First, they would rest up in a taller tree, watching the
world go by, doing a bit of stretching and preening and eyeing up the nearest berries.
Then they would drop down en masse and start a feeding frenzy on the berry bushes.
Finally, the birds would look for some water to drink and bathe. Thirsty work, all that eating.
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