97/365 – Waxwing

This is one of many photo’s taken during a waxwing invasion two winters ago when huge flocks descended from Europe to eat a huge berry crop. Very few have been spotted this year suggesting a good berry crop in Scandinavia and Russia.

Waxwing on berries

Waxwing on berries

 

73-365 – Escapee

When we were waiting for the transfer to the airport a flash of blue caught my eye near the swimming pool. This must have been an escapee from someones house as they are not usually seen in Barbados!!

Escaped Budgie

Escaped Budgie

52/365 – Pied Wagtail

This small, long-tailed and rather sprightly black and white bird can be seen dashing about over lawns or car parks in search of food. Its name comes from the obvious way it beats its tail up and down as it scurries about. A great place to see these is large supermarket car parks or in service stations on the motorways. They often gathers at dusk to form large roosts in city centres.

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

 

51/365 – Mongoose

Mongeese are everywhere on Barbados and can be a bit of a shock the first time you catch a glimpse of one. They were all around the grounds of the hotel. they were introduced to the island to try and eradicate the rat population which was destroying the sugar crop. However there is little evidence they affected the rat population but they have wiped out the endemic snake population!

Mongoose

Mongoose

 

Near Misses

One thing is guaranteed when you take photo’s of wildlife, you’ll get lots of near misses. Photo’s taken just too late or too soon, lots that are out of focus and lots of shots of empty branches. Reviewing your photo’s when you get home can be extremely rewarding or completely heartbreaking. I use it to spur me on to get a better shot next time.

┬áHere’s a few near misses from the weekend but don’t worry I’ll be going back again very soon!

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