Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Waxwings (6) at Cubbington!


Having spent the morning walking around Draycote in the fog and seeing very little except fog, I was not in the best of moods! A Blue Whale could have been in the centre of the water but invisible! Wondering what or if I could do to update my blog, my RBA text alert informed me of six Waxwings at Cubbington. This winter, Waxwings are about as rare locally as rocking horse sh** poo, so I grabbed camera and bins and headed out at a speed that the ambulance service would have been proud of in reaching the standard for a 999 call! I arrived at the junction of Rugby Rd and Pinehurst but nothing could be seen and the light was apalling! I heard the characteristic "trilling" call and a single Waxwing land in the berry tree opposite my parking spot. This bird was then joined by a further five and all six toured the area, visiting the berry tree. In good light, the image potential would have been excellent. On this occasion, I had to use my tripod, high ISO, and battle low speed to get some record shots. THe birds remained for about 45mins before flying NE, probably to roost. I offer below some sample record shots. Keep 'em peeled they are about. I've now got four days working so extremely pleased I could touch base today.







15 comments:

Mike Attwood said...

You have got more waxwing shots in one day than I have got in a lifetime. We've got lots of berries waiting for them down here so if you can give them a shove I would appreciate it.

Kevin Groocock said...

When we've finished with them Mike! I was beginning to wonder if i'd see any this winter.

ShySongbird said...

Oh, well done Kevin but I'm very envious! I didn't even manage to see any last Winter :-(

Great captures too, you did well in the poor light.... What a dreary day it's been.

Fancy you missing that Blue Whale! You really must try harder ;-)

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you Jan, indeed it was a dreery day and these fantastic birds certainly brightened it. Hope you are well and will be out and about, hopefully finding a Waxwing or two!

Max Silverman said...

Well done Kevin.Pity about the light.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers Max. No sign of them today.

Marc Heath said...

Could you send a few to Kent please. Nice shots.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers Marc. Not been back since Sunday, but reported today as flying south - so maybe.......!

The Broadstairs Birder said...

Great blog ,enjoyed the waxwing photos Kent could do with a few. Have added you to my list of sites to follow .

Central Birder Steve McAusland said...

They turned out okay Kevin, nice records & thanks for the tip off too. Hope to see some soon as well in the not too distant future?

Kevin Groocock said...

I think ours have departed, BB! Such great birds - could turn up anywhere! Now following you as well.

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Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers Steve - others got some great shots during the week when the sun shone! I will keep you informed if I see or hear of any others.

Anonymous said...

In your interview I trust you gave the finder Dave Ludlow a mention

Kevin Groocock said...

Anonymous, thank you for leaving a comment. I DO NOT engage with people who leave such comments without having the decency to identify themselves. If you care to identify yourself, I will willingly answer your point and any other issues.