by Dave Cornwell

More amazing garden wildlife!

Well after the fox I wasn't expecting two days later for c40 Waxwings to turn up for the first time ever!
This really did surprise me. First of all my garden is not massive, about 250 square feet. It is in the middle of a housing estate in Laindon, Essex, UK. I suppose with neighbouring gardens there is a mature green space of about 200 metres by 60 metres. I've lived here for 37 years but lately so many new birds have appeared or at least I've noticed them!
This morning approximately 40 Waxwings flew into the Silver Birch Tree. They then raided the red berries on the Viburnum bush just 10 feet outside my patio! A lot of excitement and panic ensued due to not being able to locate one of many SD cards but eventually I got some pics. Unfortunately it was quite rushed in the 5 -10 minutes they were there and I only had time to use my 300mm lens so missed the opportunity to get a record of the whole flock. After 10 minutes they departed leaving the bush virtually stripped of its berries. A fantastic experience with at one point birds almost at my feet picking up berries off the ground.

Waxwing garden

Waxwing garden 2

Waxwing garden 3

Waxwing garden 4

6 responses

  1. opcat

    can be your eyes ….but I think more the climate changes, the cold more intense in north and greater softness in EuropeAlways the K30 ?

    February 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm

  2. opcat

    it's this one http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/normal/M50f1.7.htmlthe K5 is fallen and as I would buy it not immediately, it will fall a little, that's why I wondered if it was worth ithttp://www.pixmania.com/fr/fr/7191566/art/pentax/k-5-objectif-da-18-55-mm.html

    February 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  3. dcweather

    Yes – will work in the way I said.or:-http://www.pixmania.com/fr/fr/12425827/art/pentax/k-30-noir-objectif-dal-18.html200 Euros difference. Only you can decide.;) K5 is no longer made so will disappear soon. Now K5 ii very expensive not worth extra money now.

    February 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  4. opcat

    good !ok for K30 but I read on forum than the choice with lens WR was better ?

    February 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  5. dcweather

    Well yes, it will make the whole camera weather sealed, not just the body. Otherwise same. If you can justify the extra cost, yes.

    February 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  6. opcat

    thanks I have learned many things here and my choice will the K30 now ! phew 😆

    February 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm