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Cedar waxwings redux


A couple weeks ago I posted about the flying bits of gold I saw across the street over the neighborhood pond. Cedar waxwings, birds we don’t see very often, were chasing insects in the fading evening light. (For this post you really should click on the images to see them larger.)

Such a beautiful bird.

Two nights ago while eating dinner I caught a glimpse of gold over the pond again.

Their golden color glowed in the setting sun.

Last time I struggled with the dim light and the quick slivers of golden wing.

Artsy fartsy image.

Focusing was pretty much impossible.

Heading out looking for dinner.

So this time when I headed over with my camera fitted with the long lens I knew better then to try to get them flying across the pond.


And I knew just where the dead tree was that they landed in regularly to rest between flights.

A fly-over.

So that’s where I stayed, right below that tree, catching them coming and going.

Whatcha doing down there lady?

Still, I had to move the ISO up very high so there’s quite a bit of grain, especially when they’re cropped.

The lowering sun lit the birds up as they rested.

I like to think of those as art. So many of them show the elegence of these birds, in an almost stylized manner. I think some of these look like paintings rather then photographs.

And I’m OK with that.

Juveniles joined in as well.

Each of these images makes me smile. I hope you’re smiing too.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “Cedar waxwings redux

  1. Nothing but blue sky, tree branches and birds. These are works of art, Dawn. Wonderful captures.


  2. Beautiful photos. I especially liked the wings in “Incoming” and “Heading out looking for dinner”.


  3. Cedar waxwings are such a treat!


    • They are one of my all time favorite birds, so elegant and colorful and fun to watch. We saw a flock like this on our trip around Lake Superior, also comeing and going out over a body of water. So fun, but so difficult to capture what it’s really like…their sound and so many of them moving from tree to air and back.


  4. They’re all beautiful images, Dawn 🙂


  5. Great captures. A little grain never hurts – we’ve become spoiled with these digital wonder machines 😉 “Incoming” is my favorite 🙂


  6. One of my favorite birds. Great shots, and how fun for you to see them like that.


    • They are one of my favorite birds as well. It was fun just to stand under that tree and listen to their soft sounds and the flutter of their wings as they came and went. As long as I was still they didn’t seem to mind me being there. Thank you for the compliment, it means a lot coming from you. I love your work.


  7. I certainly am smiling. One of my favorite birds, elegant and beautiful.


  8. You’ve done so well capturing these beauties! I love the end-of-day light on the last two birds. All is so pretty and restful.


  9. Superb action shots.


  10. Most EXCELLENT!! I like the grainy quality too, so artsy!! Love them all! ❤️


  11. I am smiling! You did a great job of capturing the beauty of these birds.


  12. These are so gorgeous, especially the one toward the end with all that golden sunlight on limb and birds!


  13. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap 8/17 – 8/24/2020 | Trent's World (the Blog)

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