Waxwing In A Dream
Photograph - Photography
As I was focusing tightly on this Cedar Waxwing through the branches and blossoms of this tree, it created an almost dream-like atmosphere around the bird. Photo taken in Minnesota, United States.
January 27, 2015, "Waxwing in a Dream" took 2nd place in the MN Exposure "Think Spring" competition.
Per All About Birds, Size & Shape
The Cedar Waxwing is a medium-sized, sleek bird with a large head, short neck, and short, wide bill. Waxwings have a crest that often lies flat and droops over the back of the head. The wings are broad and pointed, like a starling�s. The tail is fairly short and square-tipped.
Cedar Waxwings are pale brown on the head and chest fading to soft gray on the wings. The belly is pale yellow, and the tail is gray with a bright yellow tip. The face has a narrow black mask neatly outlined in white. The red waxy tips to the wing feathers are not always easy to see.
Cedar Waxwings are social birds that you�re likely to see in flocks year-round. They sit in fruiting trees swallowing berries whole, or pluck them in mid-air with a brief fluttering hover. They also course over water for insects, flying like tubby, slightly clumsy swallows.
Look for Cedar Waxwings in woodlands of all kinds, and at farms, orchards, and suburban gardens where there are fruiting trees or shrubs.
June 3rd, 2013
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