Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

This is a bird of the Northern forest, it feeds on insects in summer and berries in winter. It can often be found in supermarket car parks on ornamental trees with orange berries such as those in the photograph.

They will build a nest of twigs and line it with moss and grass. The 5 - 6 eggs will hatch after 14 days.

These photographs were taken in a housing estate near Tamworth. We used a monopod with the 300mm prime and a 1.7tc. The birds landed for just a few very brief minutes and then vanished for the day.