I really think they’ve gone

Dusky Thrush

I ranged far and wide today but there really weren’t many birds around. Has the amazing local birding winter of 2023/4 started fizzling out?

I did see a flock of Brambling and the grey-headed Woodpecker was still present (no photos of either) but no crossbills. The only passerine I photographed was the above Dusky Thrush. Near a crematorium. It was pretty lifeless today fittingly.

The other one

Japanese Waxwing

More heavy blizzards today but I made it out in the gaps. Only 2 Crossbill and not many other birds around but I did find a flock of 7 Japanese Waxwing. They were feasting on a bigger berry than normal.

Japanese Waxwing

They yellow belly immediately distinguishes this species from Bohemian Waxwing (which were around last week but have since moved on).

Some Dusky Thrush were in the same tree…

Dusky Thrush

A quick stroll

Dusky Thrush

2 not very interesting birds from a short stroll this afternoon. I was trying to photograph my first Chestnut-cheeked Starlings of the year but they kept flying off.

Always Dusky Thrush around in spring as well as the ubiquitous Brown-eared Bulbuls.

It was overcast and I was using the RF 600 f/11 again. ISO 1600, I’m too lazy to open Topaz DeNoise for these common birds…plus the new Lightroom AI noise function isn’t that great so I didn’t use that either.

Brown-eared Bulbul

Canon RF 600 f/11

Whooper Swan

Someone very kindly lent me his 600 f11 lens when he heard about my dodgy shoulder.

It was a nice sunny day today so I took it out for a spin. It might take a bit of getting used to but it seems pretty reasonable for a walk about lens…

No exciting birds around, the injured long-staying Whooper and a few common ducks and lots of Dusky Thrush.

Dusky Thrush
Common Goldeneye