I’m back, I’m finally back from California. I’ve spent the last two nights working until midnight. I really should be at work this weekend but my brain is done. So I’m resting and focusing on birds. I took some fantastic shots of Cedar Waxwings in Heber a few weeks ago.
You should zoom in on that picture. It’s amazing to see how silky his feathers are. They have the hair-like edges but they stay so smooth they don’t look like feathers from far away. They’re called waxwings because the tips of the feathers look like the wicks of candles, but all of their feathers look like smooth wax to me.
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The nice thing about this lens is it’s like seeing birds for the first time. They have more details than you see in most pictures. As soon as I get some better shots I want to show you what the Chestnut-backed Chickadees from California look like compared to Black-capped Chickadees in Utah.
Waxwings are known for being very social with each other. I guess they’re social with other birds too because I saw a group of them in a tree with a Western Kingbird. The kingbird is on the bottom right.
You can see waxwings year round in Utah, but summer is the best time to see them consistently. For the third year in a row I’ve found them at the same tree because it has berries and waxwings love berries. Montanagirl has amazing pictures of the birds eating berries. Jon is going to plant a cherry tree for me in the backyard. Maybe he should plant a berry tree for the waxwings too.