The Waxwing is a bird that breeds in northern europe and comes to Britain in variable numbers in the winter. A good breeding season and a very good autumn berry crop here could result in a waxwing explosion where large numbers of the birds can be seen throughout the British Isles. They get their name from the red markings on their wings which resembles dripping wax. The Waxwing is very tame and can be seen at close quarters feeding on ornamental berry trees in supermarket car parks, they will stay until they strip the tree of berries before moving on to the next crop of berries they find.
These pictures were taken a couple of years ago outside the buffs car park Brynmawr, south Wales.