Framing foraging fieldfares
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.