Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Fallow Stag, Knowle Park.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

** Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre.**

It was foggy, and drizzling with rain this lunchtime and Pam and I was going to Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre for a mooch around to check out the sales. The closer we got to the centre the thicker the fog got.
To say it was busy is a understatement. As we headed towards the car park opposite Argos, sitting in the tree's opposite the bus stop, and near the petrol station was 12 birds sitting in a tree, and they turned out to be... yes you've guessed it, Waxwings. I said to Pam "Quick drive around the car park so that I can get closer to them". Anyway we did get closer, not quick due to the amount of traffic in front of us. Pam stopped and I got out. Now as it happens I did take my bins, and camera with me, I often do as you never know when you might need them. So I attempted to take some shots of them. This is the 1st time I have taken any photo's in foggy conditions, what they are like I do not know yet. If  I can salvage anything out of them I will post them later on.
They was still about when we left late afternoon as we could see them sitting in the tree's.
I knew there had been some seen in Gillingham over the last few days or so, but I couldn't find out where before we left, finding my own made me feel much better.
I have tried to clean up some of the photo's, they are not briliant but at least you can see what the bird is. Shoting, pointing up into a foggy white sky, wel I wasn't sure what settings to use.


  1. Had a report of 15 Waxwings just 50m from my patch today Ken, they really are everywhere!

    Hope you get to salvage a photo or two :-)

  2. Warren.
    I hope you get a good count of Waxwings on your patch soon.

  3. Ken ,
    What is it about Waxwings and shopping centres ?
    Still only had the singleton locally ths year .
    Well done with the Greenshank and Wigeon .

  4. Well done on the Waxwings Ken, we also had a good day with three 1st for Mandy and myself.

  5. Stunning shots Ken.
    Happy New Year.