Since I made several large posts in the last week or two, the Churchill post has already been flushed to the next page! If you haven't read it yet, you can view it here: Churchill Day 4
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Today we went with Christian Artuso on a rarity hunt, we found the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, but couldn't find the Varied Thrush and Townsend's Solitaire which we were also looking for. I will make a post fairly soon. I now have 200 species! We also saw some Hoary Redpolls, which I have probably seen before, but I didn't have it on my eBird lifelist, so that makes 201 sp.!
As I said in my Feathers on Friday, I knew one day a flock of birds would come to eat our berries in our forest. I predicted right, and about a hundred Bohemian Waxwings came to our yard for several days and ate all of them. I was able to do a few photoshoots and get some fantastic action shots of them eating berries. I was so close to them, there were always good photo opportunities. I took 500 pictures in 45 minutes. There were so many good ones, and this post was getting long, so I had to cut down the number, even though there are lots more good pictures.
Also, I have seen White-winged and Red Crossbills this year, a special treat, I have not seen them any other winters. There was a whole flock of Red Crossbills, but only two White-winged.
|female White-winged Crossbill|
I was standing right under a tree with both White-winged Crossbills. I wasn't able to really get any very good pictures because the branches blocked them most of the time, but I managed to get this. Every minute some spruce cones would fall from a tree, bounce of a few branches and hit the ground. It was really fun watching them (though my neck got sore from staring up so long) pick at the cones and drop them.
The next day I saw a flock of Red Crossbills. It seemed they were taking shifts with the White-winged, every day they alternated.
|female Red Crossbill|
I was able to get some photos of them probing at a cone, sticking their beak in it.
|female Red Crossbill|
I don't know if this is a dull male, a young male, or a female.
Then came the Bohemian Waxwings! I was on my way home from taking pictures of the Red Crossbills when I first spotted them.
I love this picture, three Bohemian Waxwings sitting side by side on a cold winter's day.
|Three Bohemian Waxwings|
The next day I got some even better pictures.
|A flock of BOWA in a tree.|
I wandered around through the bushes getting as close as I could to them as they ate the berries.
|Bohemian Waxwing swallowing berry "Gulp!"|
|Portrait shot - Bohemian Waxwing|
Reaching out to grab a berry.
I love this shot with it's wings spread wide, and in focus.
And the occasional chickadee was around.
I also love this one.
And this one.
And this one... Well, you get the picture!
Tossing up a berry in the air, I love this one too (as you can guess)!
Flying away with the berry.
Berry in mouth.
A fluffy little fellow.
Just lifting off.
Steadying itself in a tree.
This one is just grabbing a berry.
These were maybe some of the best pictures I've ever taken! Close anyway.
Wow! Great pictures and congratulations on reaching 200 species!ReplyDelete
Thanks! As soon as I saw it I was like "Yay! 200 species!"Delete
... some exciting birding times for you! Congrats on passing the 200 mark. Thanks for sharing your great shots!ReplyDelete