Nov 102017
 


Crossbills photographed on the recent Spanish trip, not a common species at all down here in Cornwall/Devon, I see them once in a while.

But where we were in Spain one of the first to arrive at the pools, usually hearing them before they come down to drink and mostly in small groups.

Their crossed tipped mandibles are an adaptation for extracting the seeds from conifer cones. Super birds and great to watch and photograph them at close quarters.

Adult male Crossbill

Adult male Crossbill drinking

Adult male Crossbill at drinking pool

Male Crossbill drinking

Female Crossbill

Crossbill Bathing

Female Crossbill drinking

Juvenile Crossbill

 

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Adrian Davey

Adrian Davey

Adrian Davey has had a passion for birds from an early age when he would spend his pocket money on packets of 'Swoop' wild bird food to get close to the birds in the garden. His love of birds and the wildlife found in the world around him has inspired him to try to capture them in photographs as they go about their everyday lives.Living near Launceston on the (Devon side now) Cornwall/Devon border allows plenty of opportunities to visit many beautiful locations, favorites being the North Cornwall coast, the Lands End area and the Exe estuary,as well as traveling further afield both in Britain and overseas.

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Annick Baud

Beautiful work, Adrian! Thank you.

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