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Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99's favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-08 13:32
Viewed: 3982
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
From the archives a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum, 18 cm) taken at Parc Nature Pointe-aux-Prairies in Montreal.

The Cedar Waxwing is one of the most frugivorous birds in North America. Many aspects of its life, from its nomadic habits to its late breeding season, may be traced to its dependence upon fruit.
Medium-sized songbird.
Gray-brown overall.
Crest on top of head.
Black mask edged in white.
Yellow tip to tail; may be orange.
Size: 14-17 cm (6-7 in)
Wingspan: 22-30 cm (9-12 in)
Weight: 32 g (1.13 ounces)
Sex Differences
Sexes nearly alike.
Calls are very high pitched "bzeee" notes.
Conservation Status
Populations increasing throughout range. You can help scientists learn more about this species by participating in the Celebrate Urban Birds! project.
Other Names
Jaseur d' Amérique (French)
Ampelis Americano, Picotera, Chinito (Spanish)
Cool Facts
The name "waxwing" comes from the waxy red appendages found in variable numbers on the tips of the secondaries of some birds. The exact function of these tips is not known, but they may serve a signaling function in mate selection.
Cedar Waxwings with orange instead of yellow tail tips began appearing in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada beginning in the 1960s. The orange color is the result of a red pigment picked up from the berries of an introduced species of honeysuckle. If a waxwing eats the berries while it is growing a tail feather, the tip of the feather will be orange.
The Cedar Waxwing is one of the few temperate dwelling birds that specializes in eating fruit. It can survive on fruit alone for several months. Unlike many birds that regurgitate seeds from fruit they eat, the Cedar Waxwing defecates fruit seeds.
The Cedar Waxwing is vulnerable to alcohol intoxication and death after eating fermented fruit.

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Hi Mario,
Very beautiful capture of this Cedar Waxwing with nice pose and composition, sharp details and natural colours.

Hi Mario,
great shot with excellent sharpness and beautiful colors.
Like POV and composition.
TFS Tatjana

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-08 16:15]

Hi Mario,

It's wonderful to see one of your Waxwings again. Beautiful pose, beautiful colors, very fine details of his wonderful face and silky looking plummage. Lovely setting and composition.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-08 16:17]

Lighting on this is really great, and the feather detail is superb for such a sleek bird. Gary

Super Mario...RU no longer using Facebook..I have an old address..but I am used to keeping up with your images in other places as well as here...and the waxwing is spot on one of my fav's..My wife and I may go on the road if Jane can get better through modern medicine....if so we shall be in Quebec by early spring...We shall come see you yes...and learn of your famous techniques!

I love Cedar Waxwings... a really gorgeous bird and well presented here. Lighting and blue/gray background show it off extremely well. TFS


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-09-08 20:29]

Merhaba Mario,
Woww! Bu ne kadar yakışıklı ve güzel bir kuş böyle. Daha önce fotoğrafını bile görmediğim bu kuşun dallar içerisinde muhteşem bir kompozisyonu bu. Bizim ülkmizde birçok kuş türü var ama bunun olup olmadığını hemen araştıracağım. Böyle bir kuşun fotoğrafını çekmeyi çok isterim. Bunu bizimle paylaştığın için çok teşekkürler.Kesinlikle çok başarılı bir çalışma. Elinize sağlık. Yeni karelerinizde görüşmek dileği ile.


Hi Mario.

Simply a stunning image, the colours are beautiful, superb detail, perfect framing and composition, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

HI Mario
Has to be one of my favourite birds to capture and see.
When they are still and unobstructed they sure make nice portraits. This is very clear and detailed. The tone of blue in the back sure adds to the effect.

Brilliant shot, Mario. I don't think I've looked at your work before, but after seeing this image, I'll be back!

The vegitation matches the color of the plumage, and the berries in the background help highlight the dark colors on his face - EXCELLENT!

TFS. -Kelly

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-08 23:13]

Hello Mario,
This is delightful!
A sharp portrait of a Cedar waxwing taken from a great side POV and nicely set among the bare branches. Maybe I would have cropped less above the head but otherwise this is top class, especially the lighting.
TFS this beauty,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-09-09 4:22]

Hi Mario.
Outstanding in every aspect image of the wonderful bird. Colours, shapes, every feather are reproduced fantastically. Tree pattern, combination of a sharpness and blurriness is superb too. My congratulations and Bravo.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-09-09 7:02]

Salut Mario
Excellente capture du jaseur.Bon PDV et image bien en focus avec d'excellent detail du plumage.
Bravo Mario

Hello Mario.
Picture simply perfect!
Superb definition with impressive details.
A coloration is wonderful!
Excellent texture and framing.
My compliments by extraordinary work photographic.
José Roberto

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-09 9:23]

Hello Mario, Very nice shot and superb sharpness. Great POV and nice focus.Ganesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-09 11:13]

Hello Mario,
Superb photo in excellent sharpness and natural colours. Great POV, composition and DOF.
Kind regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-09 13:18]

Very nice shot!
The amount of detail in the feathers is excellent!
Great composition.
Brilliant lighting.
Excellent exposure.

Very well done, Mario!

All the best,


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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2008-09-09 17:41]

Salut Mario,

Il me semble que tes photos sont encore plus belles ! Les couleurs de celle-ci sont vraiment superbes... la pose de l'oiseau l'est tout autant... Bravo!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6522 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2008-09-10 1:35]

Ooooh,cette photo c'est une poeme,je suis tombe' amoureux de ca!!! Les couleurs,les details et le derrier,tout dans une atmosphere tres tres delicate! C'est une grande oevre artistique,mes plus gros compliments et merci de partager cette beaute',bonne journee',Luciano

Amazing shot, the lighting, colours and details in this shot are great.


Bonjour Mario,

Ce jaseur d'Amérique sur la branche est impressionnant. la prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. L'image est claire et nette. Les couleurs sont rehaussées par la qualité de la lumière. Bonne journée.


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