Bird Quest #04 - Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian waxwing (lat. Bombycilla garrulus,
serb. Свилорепа кугара / Svilorepa kugara)
Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2013, Novi Sad, Serbia: it's Bohemian Waxwing this time, at the location of University park, by the city quay. It has been reported that the entire flock is dwelling in this park, so this morning I went to check. It was an easy task, because there were so many of them. But they stay really high up in the treetops, so that even with excellent eyesight you probably wouldn't know there are such beautiful birds above you. In spite of the cloudy weather and my 200mm lens, I still managed to take a few useful shots.



The flock likes to play around the mistletoe shrubs, which grow on the trees all over the park. No wonder there are so many mistle thrushes around too, but still, without help from Katarina it wouldn't be so easy for me to identify them. Here  is what I took in the park today. Enjoy.

A pair of waxwings playing in the treetop

A hooded crow landing by the mistletoe shrub

Mistle Thrush
(lat. Turdus viscivorus, serb. дрозд имелаш / drozd imelaš)

A host tree with shrubs of European Mistletoe (lat. Viscum album, serb. Бела имела / Bela imela)

A small group of Bohemian waxwings

Details: Nikon D5100, lens Nikkor 55-200 VR, ISO 400, focal length 200mm, aperture f/5.6, exposure 1/4000, GPS location 45° 15' 27.43", 19° 49' 01.37"


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