Richard Willison's fantastic photo of waxwing feeding on berries in Hull Asda car park
YOU would be forgiven for thinking a stunning wildlife shot should involve some dramatic Highlands backdrop or feature the ancient woodlands of the New Forest.
But one photographer managed to take this amazing shot of a waxwing feeding on berries in the Asda car park in Hessle Road.
Casually flicking a rowan berry into the air, this bird was among a flock of more than 350 that descended on the supermarket car park.
And it was photographed by RSPB member and amateur wildlife photographer Richard Willison.
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Mr Willison, 57, said: "It was great seeing so many waxwings in one place.
"More and more of them arrived over a couple of days at the car park. In one photo, I counted about 365 of them.
"They don't linger for long though, and once the area was stripped of berries, they moved on."
Mr Willison, a retired chartered surveyor from Sutton, believes waxwings are one of the easier birds to photograph.
He said: "You can get quite close to them. Some of them came down to feed right next to me.
"They are such nice birds to photograph.
"I noticed the berries were a bit big for some of the birds so they were throwing them up in the air so they could swallow them.
"I got two or three similar shots but this was the best.
"It is probably one of the best photos I've taken and it got a good reaction when I posted it on social networking sites."
At this time of year, large flocks of waxwings come to the UK from Scandinavia looking for berries.
If there is a particularly poor food supply or harsh weather in Scandinavia then more of the birds arrive than usual, with this year looking like a bumper year.
Ben Andrew, RSPB wildlife adviser, said "Waxwings are such colourful birds with a perky crest, which makes them stand out.
"As they are winter visitors, most of us are probably not as familiar with them as we are with our resident birds, so that just adds to the excitement when they do start to arrive.
"Waxwings often travel in flocks and move around together, taking advantage of a good food source and then moving on.
"They are not fussy about where they eat and it's quite common to see them in town centres or supermarket car parks, or pretty much anywhere that there are suitable berries such as rowan, hawthorn and cotoneaster."
Mr Willison got into wildlife photography when he retired.
He is hoping to take equally spectacular images of other birds this winter.
He said: "I took early retirement a couple of years ago and bought a good camera.
"I really like owls and I want to get some in flight this winter if possible."