Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cedar Waxwing Photo Study

Cedar Waxwing ©2009 ShootingMyUniverse


B and I had to run an errand in Ipswich. I spotted some Cedar Waxwings out of the corner of my eye at a tree nursery as we entered town. I was tempted to make a U-turn and get some shots but we needed to run the errand.

Sitting at the wheel, breaking out into a cold sweat and getting the shakes, I kept focus on our target. When we finished, we needed to take a side trip to Manchester by the Sea, the nursery was on the way.

I told B that I thought I saw some waxwings and she said that she could go into the nursery and look around while I did a photo shoot. But when we arrived, the waxwings were gone. Another case of “you snooze, you looze”. I looked at the tree where they I thought I saw them, it was an ornamental cherry with lots of fruit.

We went in the nursery and looked around. When we come out, they had returned, just as I hoped they would. The problem becomes, which of the 20 shots do I post?


Cedar Waxwing ©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

Cedar Waxwing ©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

Cedar Waxwing ©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

Cedar Waxwing ©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

Cedar Waxwing ©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

16 comments:

Kelly said...

...wow! Way to be ready...these are gorgeous. You've caught them in so many postures. Favorite is the shot eating the berry.

Roy said...

Brilliant images of the Waxwing Steve.
If only I could actually see some in the flesh/feathers.

Eve said...

These are beauties Steve. Ok here's a story...as I was looking at these, my 11 year old birder Morgan saw the pictures and said "oh those are beautiful" I said "what are they?" knowing full well she knows the Cedar Waxwing. She was stumped! So I made the high pitched whistle of this bird. "Cedar Waxwing!" she proclaimed! Now there is a great future birder!!

Kathy said...

OMGoodness. I have never seen one before but those are beautiful birds. Those yellow tail tips look like they have been dipped in paint.

Mary said...

I have only ever seen these birds once before. They are beautiful! And almost as amazing as your shots is the fact that you spotted them WHILE DRIVING! Wow!

Steve B said...

Hi Mary, Uh, um, well...I do pay attention to the road while I drive. Honest! In all seriousness, I caught the shape of the crest in the corner of my eye and there must have been 10 birds in the trees. That could only mean Waxwings. We do have Bohemian Waxwings so I didn’t know exactly what I had. Thanks for the acknowledgement and kind words.

Hi Kathy, dipped in paint is exactly how I think of them. I took one tail shot, (as seen) just to show how amazing these feathers are ornamented.

Eve, you daughter is a keeper!

Hi Roy, I understand you folks have a waxwing also?

Hi Kelly, I was so lucky to get the perfect conditions for shooting these birds. I had the sun to my back, beautiful fruit and friendly birds.

Kallen305 said...

Absolutely stunning photographs!

The detail in the photos is wonderful. I love how you can actually see the fineness of their feathers. Gorgeous shots!

Richard said...

Great pictures. I like the double one the best.

Interesting word verification...stshfund...all that's missing is an "a". Someone is telling me to save my money.

Jenny said...

One word! STONKING!

The Early Birder said...

Fabulous Steve. Yes, you are right we have had another good year for Waxwings in the UK but like Roy (& some others) I have not seen any. We did have them in the gardens at Wisley a few years ago & I was fortunate to see one in the hand after it was trapped & ringed (a 1st for our County). Every subsequent winter bird walk the visitors have asked "will we see Waxwings?" Maybee sometime in the future. The problem this year has been the lack of berries unlike where you are.

Craig Glenn said...

Just stunning! Love those shots.

Craig

gloucesterman said...

Hi; Steve,
Great photos! I'm now hooked on checking out you Site everyday. I get to see some great Photos and learn about Birds and photography. I always thought a Gull was a Gull and a Duck a Duck, Thanks for enlightening me. Also It was great to meet you at the Russo fundraiser. Maybe we'll see the big seagull with no beak at
the State Fish Pier,someday. ;]
Take Care,
Paul F.

A New England Life said...

I do love those masked birds and I'm glad you brought them to me. I've only seen them in our crabapple tree once this winter. The Robin kept it well guarded.

In my bird book I am lucky enough to keep a yellow dipped tail feather I found on the ground several years ago. It was a stroke of luck!

Christy said...

Gorgeous. What else is there to say. These images are so beautiful. I am especially drawn to the image of the pair of birds. I have seen many posts about this bird recently and most don't even come close to the beauty you have captured here. I am intrigued now to see one of these birds in my adventuring. Thanks for sharing.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow, these are really great. Because of the limits of my zoom it's difficult for me to get this close and clear so when I do it's a real treat. I will say though, me and my imagination, in the first shot it looks like he just pooped that berry. :-D

Mary said...

A few days ago, I was drooling over this post when I computer acted up and I had to shut down. I'm so glad I found this again.

They're looked like painted birds. I just love them! They visit my yard almost daily for a drink at the pond but I rarely get near enough for a photo shoot like this one!

Bravo!

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