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Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-15 14:24
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Points: 18
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Bohemian Waxwing
Bombycilla garrulus

There are two species of waxwing in Alberta, the Cedar Waxwing and Bohemian Waxwing. There are slight differences between the two. The tail feathers on the Bohemian are rust coloured and chest is grey.

The name "Bohemian" refers to the nomadic movements of winter flocks. It comes from the inhabitants of Bohemia, meaning those that live an unconventional lifestyle or like that of gypsies.

The Bohemian Waxwing does not hold breeding territories, probably because the fruits it eats are abundant, but available only for short periods. One consequence of this non-territorial lifestyle is that it has no true song. It does not need one to defend a territory.

Only three species of waxwings exist. The Bohemian and Japanese waxwings have white edges to the wing feathers, but the Cedar Waxwing does not. An unusual Cedar Waxwing was found with the ornate wing pattern, suggesting that the ancestor of all three species had a patterned wing.

Nesting Facts
Nest is a bulky open cup of twigs, grasses, and moss, camouflaged with a covering of mosses and lichens. Placed on tree branch near trunk.
Clutch Size 26 eggs
Egg Description
Pale blue-gray with sparse black spots.
Condition at Hatching
Hatch naked and helpless.
Nest Description

Nest is a bulky open cup of twigs, grasses, and moss, camouflaged with a covering of mosses and lichens. Placed on tree branch near trunk.

References: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds

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Hi again MCF Janice,

Awesome capture of this pair of Bohemian waxing with perfect exposure although they are under shadow.
Wonderful job MF!
Have a nice night!


hello Janice

beautiful photo of these Bohemian Waxwings with fine POV
to show how high they are perched, fine focus sharpness
and details, being againts daylight (contre-jour) did not help,



Hello Janice,
I have always found these birds very beautiful in their coloring. It is too bad that we do not have them here in this part of Washington or Oregon, if at all as I have not seen any here. Even with the shade of the tree the birds true colors still stand out nicely,

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-03-15 22:23]
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Hi Janice,

Very nice shot under difficult conditions. You really needed to be a lot closer and use a flash in order to get the details of the shaded birds. Nevertheless, it's a very tranquil mood shot showing some of the features of those very pretty waxwings. It's not nice to think about, but they apparently eat so much in the way of fruit and berries that they can get quite drunk or even die, if they encounter fermented fruit. TFS.

See you,

Ciao Janice, great capture of splendid couple of lovely birds, wonderful natural ambientation, beautiful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jenice,
nice capture of those birds on branches of tree. Great focus and perfect light management. High sharpness and good depth. Nice to see the blue sky as BG. Very well done. Tfs.
Have a nice day.

wonderful couple of great birds, in a very nice habitat
well done


Picture postcard PERFECT!!!
Mario from Calgary.... as if you don't know....

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-11 17:52]

Hi My Friend,
Nice capture of these waxwings Janice. Love the colours, setting and focus. Great work Janice keep them coming.

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