Images from my latest Parkland walk.
During yesterday morning it was a lovely sunny clear sky, but for various reasons I was not able to go for a walk until the afternoon. Just as I arrived in the Parkland car park the sun disappeared having been covered by a blanket of dull grey cloud. As a consequence the light was awful for photography.
I met another Birding colleague on arrival who advised me where I could see some Waxwings, so I made my way towards that location. Apparently there was another Birding colleague who had been taking photographs of the birds. (More of that later)
The scene below was typical of the conditions during the rest of the afternoon.
A few Fieldfare were observed at various locations during the walk.
This Dunnock was looking for food, unfortunately I didn't have any with me on this occasion.
This Robin was all fluffed up to protect against the cold.
Just two Wigeon were observed on what was left of open water on one of the frozen lakes.
On arriving at the location where the Waxwings had been observed, my fellow Birder had taken his photos and left. See his excellent shots here. Mike Nice shooting Mike.
I have only ever observed Waxwings on two occasions (Both of which have been in the Parkland) and on both, the light and weather has been very dull and not conducive to good photography.
So the few I have posted are the best of a bad bunch.
Mute Swans on Ice
Not quite so elegant as in the water.
Just a few more Waxwing shots.