Cedar Waxwings Feeding on Berries

Upon leaving the harbour in Port Ryerse, Ontario on Saturday, my friend Andrew and I quickly stumbled across a flock of Cedar Waxwings landing in some nearby berry trees. They are one of my favourite species to observe; however, I haven't had many opportunities previously to photograph them in good light. I quickly got out of the SUV and I smiled upon realization that lighting conditions were close to optimal and so I proceeded to make several images, a few of which I've shown here.

In winter, Cedar Waxwings may be found anywhere fruiting trees are found, which was the case here as several birds feasted on the red fruit berries. 

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 640, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

The waxwings were preoccupied with the abundant fruit berries and this provided ample time to create several images before they left the scene.

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 800, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

Above, a Cedar Waxwing checks out a clump of berries.

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

I like the portrait in the above photo because it nicely captures the tongue reaching out for the deeply wrinkled berry and the nice catchlight in the eye.

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 640, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

By repositioning myself, I was able to capture some relatively uncluttered images like I managed in both the photo above and below. For once, there was a clear blue sky, something that I don't see often enough during the long winter months here. It seems to me that I usually have to deal with dreary gray skies during the winter months, but I lucked out on this occasion.

With the direction of light coming from behind me I was able to get catchlights in the eyes, something that I usually look for, when within my control.

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 640, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

I love the colours of a Cedar Waxwing; overall warm brown and a pale yellowish belly with white undertail coverts topped off with bright yellow-tipped tail. 

 

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Happy Birding,
 
Claude

Comments

Beautiful!

Thanks Kirsten! The portrait of the Cedar Waxwing is one of my favourite photos. Now if only all birds would co-operate like this flock did, my photo library would be so much better. :)

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