Saturday, January 3, 2009

Camera Critters---Cedar Waxwings

Yesterday was one of those gorgeous winter days that make it impossible to stay inside. So I headed out with cameras and Miz Winnie (the dawg). I was in search of at least one good bird photo to start the new year out right. We had been out for quite a while, and I had just mumbled to Miz Winnie that it looked like we were'nt going to score any bird photos when lo and behold we came upon a flock of Cedar Waxwings. I think they are a very elegant bird.

Cedar Waxwings are almost always found in large flocks. They are berry eaters. Waxwings are named for the waxy droplets at the end of their secondaries. Translated to nonbirdspeak, that means the red area on the wing that is very apparent in the first photo.


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18 comments:

Teena in Toronto said...

Great action shots!

I played too :)

Reader Wil said...

Very beautiful birds they look a bit like jays. Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!.

Rose said...

Great images! I just told someone a few days back that I have never seen a cedar waxwing in real life...maybe I will someday. I think they are native to here.

Natural Moments said...

They are totally fun to watch in flocks picking off the berries, sometimes even in flight. It's cool that you still have berries on your trees to feed the birds.

Neal said...

Beautiful shots!!!

fishing guy said...

Kayleen: Outstanding captures of the waxwing. Your shots brought out great colors.

Mimi said...

Amazing pics, those are beautiful birds!

Here's hoping 2009 is your best year ever!

me ann my camera said...

Beautiful photos, the last one is especially grand!! I hope I am so lucky as to spot one some day soon! Happy Critters Day!

i beati said...

never tire of watching them Sandy

Larry Jordan said...

Hi Kayleen, you have captured beautifully one of may favorite birds, the Cedar Waxwing! They are so simply gorgeous. They seem to me to be all dressed up in their finest, most colorful suits.

Barbara said...

lovely bird and the berries make a great background.
Smiles B

Grammy said...

I love the photos. The berry's make it pop with color. Happy New year.
Grammy

Dirk said...

Lovely pictures! Well captured.

Karen said...

Great shots. Love the contrast of the berries..

Pagan Sphinx said...

What beautiful waxwing images you've captured. It's such a beautiful bird and one I don't see often enough at our feeders in Massachusetts. Your photos were a delight.

Norm said...

perfect capture! they are so lovely and beautiful.

Misty Dawn said...

These are absolutely gorgeous photos! I saw some Cedar Waxwings for the first time a few months ago, but I had a difficult time getting photos. Your photos are amazing!

Carletta said...

Great shots!