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Nov 16, 2009 11:34 |  #1

Finally, I managed to get out and get some good shots of the cedar waxwings visiting at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta last week.

Jumpy little birds - and VERY pretty:

1. posing

IMAGE: http://www.fotothing.com/photos/d59/d59cc25f634fdb7ab14def3e3fb35949_d29.jpg

2. They seem to jump off the branches and almost hover while trying to find a new spot to land
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3. Showing off their lovely colours - including the tail that looks like it has been dipped in yellow paint :)
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4. No matter how good looking a species may be - sometimes there's just a WTF moment. This poor guy was having a bad hair day (it wasn't THAT windy)
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I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit with our waxwings.

p.s. 1Putts - it was great meeting you out there!



  
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Nov 16, 2009 11:37 |  #2

lovely shots, havent ever seen any of these over here!


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Nov 16, 2009 13:47 |  #3

jerrythesnake wrote in post #9024581 (external link)
lovely shots, havent ever seen any of these over here!

Thanks Jerry!

They really do look like they've waxed down their wings. The little tuft on the head gives them a bit of a rebel look too!




  
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Nov 16, 2009 14:51 |  #4

What fun! Cedar Waxwings are difficult to photograph.


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Nov 16, 2009 15:18 |  #5

Christopher Perez wrote in post #9025661 (external link)
What fun! Cedar Waxwings are difficult to photograph.

Yeah - they like to sit deep in the branches too often!




  
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Nov 16, 2009 16:52 |  #6

Nicely captured. I just want to SEE one.


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Nov 16, 2009 17:18 |  #7

Nice shots, #2 is a great capture


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Nov 16, 2009 17:23 |  #8

jgrussell wrote in post #9026371 (external link)
Nicely captured. I just want to SEE one.

I was that way up until Thursday... now, having gone through editing out the better shots of 50 or so.. I think I've had enough for now ;)

artyman wrote in post #9026481 (external link)
Nice shots, #2 is a great capture

Thanks - they do a lot of jump out and land again... I think they are eating insects as well as the berries.




  
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Nov 16, 2009 17:57 |  #9

Fantastic shot on #2! great timing!


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Nov 16, 2009 18:10 |  #10

Very nice captures indeed...


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Nov 16, 2009 19:46 |  #11

DragonSpeed wrote in post #9026514 (external link)
I was that way up until Thursday... now, having gone through editing out the better shots of 50 or so.. I think I've had enough for now ;)


Thanks - they do a lot of jump out and land again... I think they are eating insects as well as the berries.

Spent some time watching them with some binoculars.. Highly recommend just sitting back and watching them.. Get real close and watch them, without framing any shots... You'll be able to see the little bugs they pick out of the air. They do fly out and pluck insects from the air, much like the yellow rumped warblers do towards sunset/dusk... I noticed mainly the younger birds (waxwings) doing the insect eating and the older birds doing the berry runs but have seen a few adults eating insects }usually they grab beetles and moths from the air, skipping the bee's and wasps. The Black Phoebes really go at the paper wasps and yellow jackets.




  
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Nov 16, 2009 20:08 |  #12

Some very nice shots, I like the "Bad hair day."


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Nov 16, 2009 22:25 |  #13

love waxwings, but they're long gone from around here... they do eat insects much of the year, when fruit and berries aren't in season. but they're usually way up in the tops of trees, and hard to get decent shots of...


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Nov 17, 2009 08:01 |  #14

Great series, well done.


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Nov 17, 2009 10:53 |  #15

One of my favorites, but here in Oklahoma they are here only briefly before flying on to summer or winter quarters elsewhere. I have never seen them for longer than a day or two at one time. Nice captures.


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