Waxwings (Two Photographs)
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Bohemian or Cedar Waxwings, what great names! They travel in “nomadic” groups most of the year, when you find them solo its because its nesting season. Observing them flying about is quite a sight, with a few dozen moving in clouds, stopping to eat berries, preening and moving on.
They are not easy to photograph. Even if they stay relatively still their feathers have a waxy oil-like quality making them look out of focus. The bird with the shadow crossing its breast shows that sheen and that is why I have not re-touched it.
To get a good photograph you may need to focus on the edge of the bird or a nearby branch rather than its eyes.
They are popular and beautiful birds and a bit of a trap for photographers. Every time I get a chance to photograph them I am a little better prepared for the challenges.