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Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm @460mm| Lexar Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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  1. Wow that’s a nice catch! So pretty!

  2. thank you for your photos! gorgeous waxwings!

  3. The yellow tail tips are such bright details that make me smile, Deborah. The tufted head feathers are so soft looking! 🙂

    • Thank you Robin! Aren’t they gorgeous! We have very few really exotic looking birds here in CA. They’re on of the few. Did you notice the little red spot on its wing?

  4. Lovely captures, Deborah, this bird is so striking!

  5. Wow, just saw this post. Beautiful bird; never heard of this species before but then again, I don’t know much about birds, yet.

    • Thank you Gordon! They’re probably on the move heading North again for Spring/Summer. It’s the only time I see them near my house anyway. I’m always excited to see them. I agree they’re quite striking and beautiful.

  6. What a gorgeous bird! Your photos are always so beautiful Deborah!

  7. You are a photographic audubon!!

  8. Hmmm, best not fly to close to the sun with wax wings. Look what happened to Icarus! 🙂 Love seeing one of these “in person” as I’ve never seen one live.


  9. Gorgeous!

  10. I like Phil’s comment – although now that I reflect more on the photos, I’d say this little one looks more like a bandit than our do-gooder, Zorro 🙂
    Great photos, Deborah!

    • I think it looks like a bandit too, but a very pretty one! Thank you Joanne!

      Thanks Joanne! I haven’t read Phil’s comment yet. Going to find it now. 🙂

  11. I haven’t seen a cedar Waxwing since I was a boy scout at camp. What a delightful surprise this morning. Beautiful, Deborah. I also loved the buds on the tree. Looks like spring is headed your way.

    • Thank you John! That’s a Ginko Tree. I think Spring is on the way too b/c I only see the Waxwings and Robins on my street when they’re heading back to their northern home. They winter here. Wondering if the Punxsutawney Phil will agree with the Waxwings on the 2nd?

  12. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    It put me in mind of “Waxwings” by Robert Francis:

    Four Tao philosophers as cedar waxwings
    chat on a February berry bush
    in sun, and I am one.

    Such merriment and such sobriety–
    the small wild fruit on the tall stalk–
    was this not always my true style?

    Above an elegance of snow, beneath
    a silk-blue sky a brotherhood of four
    birds. Can you mistake us?

    To sun, to feast, and to converse
    and all together–for this I have abandoned
    all my other lives.

    • Oh, thank you for sharing this poem! I hadn’t read it before.

      They do talk and feast! When the food is gone so too are they!

  13. Stunning, Deborah!
    He’s like a little Zorro with his black eye mask, winged cape and cheeky bow. I’ve not spotted his sword, admittedly but isn’t that part of his genius…
    Well done, really good capture x3 🙂

    • Thank you so much Phil! What a lovely, and poetic comment!

      I didn’t spot its sword either. 🙂

  14. I had just linked to your previous post, when this one showed-up in my Twitter feed and my email. Beautiful photos of this little guy. I’ve never seen one. I like the last shot, with the wing out.

    • Thank you so much Dan! They’re a treat for me to see. They only fly through my neighborhood and stay a day or so. When the food is gone they flee! They’re on their North again I believe. Well, it’s the only time I see them in my tree anyway.

  15. Very nice😀

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