The Bohemian Acrobat

Rumours abound concerning the alcoholic potential of the Bohemian Waxwing. Do berries of the Mountain Ash actually ferment and contain alcohol? Dr. Google certainly says they do. Whether alcohol was involved or not, a recent display by a couple of hundred birds confirmed that they are wonderfully acrobatic in their ability to grasp, flip and swallow these berries. I spent about 20 minutes just watching and listening as a these beautiful birds did their Cross Fit Training exercises. Groups of 10 or so birds would swoop down onto a local Mountain Ash, spend a few minutes feeding then fly back to the top of some Elm trees, only to be replaced by the next bunch all dressed in their rust, yellow, red and grey spandex outfits.

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  1. Linda Landine May 1, 2023 at 8:10 am #

    Absolutely incredible!

  2. Sandy April 5, 2023 at 4:46 pm #

    You did it again, Trent. Beautiful photos!

  3. Miranda April 5, 2023 at 8:50 am #

    These images absolutely glow!! Gorgeous birds!

  4. Nola Leighton April 4, 2023 at 7:21 am #

    Beautiful shots Trent! Mom would have agreed with Dr. Google. I well remember the waxwings and the mountain ash at her Sask. house. Their antics certainly suggested there was alcohol in those berries! Such gorgeous birds showcased as only your skilled eye and fast shutter fingers can capture. Thanks so much.

  5. Margaret Lowry April 3, 2023 at 9:24 pm #

    Always a joy to receive your blogs Trent.
    Many thanks.

  6. Farook April 3, 2023 at 8:07 pm #

    Amazing how close you got!!
    Which lens did you use?

  7. Jan April 3, 2023 at 4:25 pm #

    They do look like bandits with their black masks!

  8. Kelly Koski April 3, 2023 at 4:09 pm #

    Enjoyed both your description and colourful photos of the birds and their acrobatic antics whilst they gobble up those bright orange berries, Trent!

  9. Blair April 3, 2023 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi Trent
    These are absolutely stunning. Well done.
    Thanks for sharing.

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