Fram­ing for­ag­ing field­fares

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Your Feedback - Gary Jones, via email

This im­age was taken in mid-Novem­ber at the very ‘glam­orous’ lo­ca­tion of Dee­side In­dus­trial Es­tate in North Wales.

I’ve no­ticed berry pro­duc­ing trees such as rowan are of­ten planted in re­tail car parks and in­dus­trial es­tates and are a favourite for many birds, es­pe­cially mem­bers of the thrush fam­ily. In pre­vi­ous years, I have pho­tographed waxwings gorg­ing them­selves here, but at this point none had ar­rived yet. How­ever, there was a huge in­flux of field­fares and they were con­sum­ing the berries, along with red­wings.

I had hoped to pho­to­graph the birds in the low au­tum­nal sun to il­lu­mi­nate their strik­ing colours. I framed an im­age that I thought would look nice, and with a lot of wait­ing and pa­tience, not one but two field­fares landed and fed on the berries. The cop­per hues of the beech trees in the back­ground have cre­ated a warm, beau­ti­ful glow.

I have been a wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher for over 10 years now. As a life­long nat­u­ral­ist and con­ser­va­tion­ist I love be­ing out­doors with my cam­era kit and have a real pas­sion for birds as I hope this pho­to­graph shows.

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