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This photo dates back to December 2012. One of a small flock of Waxwings to temporarily inhabit the Forest of Dean that winter - at least for as long as there were still rowan berries for the picking. Considering there aren't many rowan trees for them to choose from here, it's not surprising they didn't stay particularly long. We're right on the edge of their range here, and I believe we only get irruptions in Britain when food availability is scarce in their breeding grounds of Russia and Finland. This photo was taken during my first ever sighting of a Waxwing, and at the time I was disappointed to see that my only views were going to be with a backdrop of a white industrial building. In retrospect, it wasn't so bad, with the white metal wall removing unwanted 'noise' from the picture, and almost giving them an oriental feel.