Friday, 14 February 2014

Parrot Crossbill

I am very happy with this photo of a female Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus/Grote Kruisbek). It is an iconic bird species with a massive bill, designed to open-up pine cones and eat their seeds. They come down to the forest floor once or twice a day to drink. This winter flocks of Parrot Crossbills are present in The Netherlands. Previous invasions were in the winter of 1887/88, 1982/83, and 1990/91.

* Canon EOS 7D, 500mm/f4; ISO-400, f5, 1/250s; tripod.

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