Saturday, March 20, 2010

Simply Cedar Waxwings

Mr. Forgetful failed to insert a compact flash card in his camera this morning before heading out to go birding and digiscoping at Pheasant Branch Conservancy.  Still, luck seemed to be on my side once I got back to my apartment. As I got out of my car, I noticed dozens of Cedar Waxwings feeding on various berry trees in the courtyard. I dashed upstairs to fetch a flash card, came down and went right to work. The best angle on the birds exposed my face to the wind, causing my eyes to water, which made it difficult to tell how good my focus was. While a few were a little blurry, I think I managed to get some pretty good shots!

Swarovski AT80 HD & 20-60x zoom
Nikon Coolpix 8400

© 2010 Mike McDowell


  1. These are great! This is one of the prettiest birds! I am watching for them to stop in, they were in my yard for about an hour last spring.

  2. These are such beautiful photos! A flock of 30 or so has been visiting my yard for the last couple days, here in SoCal.

  3. All,

    Thanks! It was challenging but fun!

    Mike M.

  4. We've had flocks of them peeping around overhead all winter here in Northern CA. It's so nice to see all the details of their plumage in these photos!