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Ceder Waxwings coming home
Lens: DA*50-135 f2.8 Camera: Pentax K5 Photo Location: Vermont ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F6.7 
Posted By: Oso, 03-31-2011, 07:52 PM

The Ceder Waxwings have completed their migration and returned to Vermont. Here they are gorging themselves on the berries in the trees, and then flying over to the ice to wash the berries down.
The berries get them kinda drunk this time of year, and there are so many birds it's kinda scary, (hundreds of them!) and you have to be careful of the loose bombs. Thank goodness the K5 is weather sealed!

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03-31-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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great series, love photo #2, quite a beautiful bird to view,, keep your lens cover on when not in use, thanks Bob
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WOW, Djorn, great captures! I'm impressed, especially because of the focal length of the lens. You had to be pretty close. I've never seen so many cedar waxwings together, and they are enjoying those crab apples. They stopped in smaller groups here in the northern Adks to eat the crab apples before continuing south. In spring, it's the pine grosbeaks who stop for the remaining crab apples, which are softened by freeze-thaw cycles. Saw a robin eating one the other day in the snow.
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Lovely birds and #2 is a cracking shot !

Personally I'd be shooting these at 1/1,600 - 1/2,000 and f8 to stop those wings. 1/500 is a bit too slow and you have a K5 so let it take care of the ISO for you (use TAv - it's great for BIF shots).

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Love these guys. They come and clean out our hollies every spring also but I've never been able to capture them. Nicely done.
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wow !! i've never seen one in person before, and you've got a flock....
imho, these are the most beautiful, striking birds we have here in the states....
thanks for the post, dave m
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I had the same thing happen in my backyard a few years ago with the same kind of responses to the pictures. Your pictures are much sharper than mine were. Great job.
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