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Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing
Photo Information
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, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-03 7:47
Viewed: 3009
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Another shot of the Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum, 18 cm) taken a few weeks ago in the 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,
An excellent shot,sharp and good POV and compo.

Hi Mario
Another beauty. First of all I like delicate colors. Compo, backgrund, sharpness - everthing looks great Nothing to critique ;-)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-03 9:34]

Hi Mario,

Beautiful shot of the beautiful Waxwing. Razor sharp details and the most beautiful colors I have ever seen on this bird. I love the frame which accentuates the superb composition.


Hi Mario,
Another splendid shot of the Cedar Waxwing in all aspects. I loved this bird! TFS and regards,

Lovely bird image again Mario.
These Waxwings are truly beautiful birds.
Wonderfully framed, pose of the bird and color tones.
Composition, with lots of space on the left side for the bird to look in to, and exposure are great as ever.
Only thing I would have changed is cropping a small part of top because the lighter stripe, of what I think is an out of focus twig, is a little distracting in my opinion.

Cheers, Harry

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-03 10:18]

Hello Mario,
What a beautiful composition in wonderful colours! The Waxwing is all in focus showing very impressive sharp details and I love its pose. Brilliant shot!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-03 10:50]

Hola Mario.
Muy bella foto de este "Chinito" Sus colores lucen exelentemente dada la calidad de la foto. La pose le da un valor mas a la presentacion.
Saludos Mario.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-03 11:11]

Hello Mario,
stunning capture the DOF is perfect and the focus right on.
Wonderful OOF BG that shows of this Waxwing perfectly.
Great work.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-03 12:56]

Hi Mario my friend a big congratulation on 500 pictures on TN . very well done each one has been very good, tonights is a beauty to . It must be one of the smartest looking birds around. which you have captured so well. great detail and colours. TFS. just keep them coming.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-03 13:59]

As always a proffesional standard shot from you mf!
Very, very sharp with incredible clarity.
Superb DOF and BG.
Great light from your flash.
Superb composition.
Exceptionally well done Mario!
Best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-03 15:07]

Hola amigo,
bella captura y excelente el plumaje,
delicioso pov...
foco magnífico.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-03 15:10]

Salut Mario,une autre fantastique photo,excellent qualite' et couleurs,merci de partager,Luciano

excellent capture!beautiful sharpness and clarity.wonderful colors and detail!

Hi Mario,

Stunning shot of this Cedar Waxwing, excellent eye catch and detail, the OOF background give really good separation to the subject, wonderful composition, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Really gorgeous Mario! The pose, comp, and BG are all super. Beautiful details. Nice play of light. Artfully done.
Tfs Richard

Very nice Mario...almost unreal...it looks as though it were covered with a smooth layer which did not detract from the image at all...how did you do this?

Hello Mario,
Fantastic capture, superb colors and nice clarity, excellent composition and pov, fantastic sharpness and details.

Bonjour Mario,

Superbe pose de ce jaseur. Image très bien composée. Excellente netteté. Superbes couleurs.
Bonne journée,

bonjour Mario

jolie image du Jaseur d'Amérique, excellent POV et cadrage vertical,
excellent DOF, très belle netteté et détails du plumage, TFS


Hi Mario, congratulations for your splendid 500th post on TN, elegant bird with fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Yet another amazing shot from you!Just a question, how do you frame your shots in the PP work?I do it in power point, which does not look as good as what you do, and the shot also loses its properties(the view button?)..
Very nice work, Sir!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-04 11:31]

Hello Mario,
Congratulations with your 500th!!! photo. A beauty as ever. Excellent sharp detailed focus and beautiful colours. Great composition, DOF and POV.
Up to the next 500(?!?!)

Bonsoir Mario,

Très belle photo, éclairage inhabituel, perfection pour le reste! Merci,


Bonjour Mario,
Comme il est beau, je n'en ai jamais vu, je vais essayer d'aller faire un tour au parc, la composition est magnifique avec cette posture où il a la tête de côté, les couleurs sont très naturelles, encore une merveille comme toujrous .

Bonjour Mario
Tres belle photo, de ce superbe Cedar Waxwing

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-08 0:53]

Hi Mario.
Brilliant celebration of 500th post by so brilliant picture. Simply amazing colour palette and reproduction of all details of the fine bird and impressive surroundings. Bravo, my friend, for this masterpiece and other 499 exiting works. My congratulations.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-13 5:38]

Cher Mario, c'est un ravissement! Sur le coup j'ai pensé que je t'ai tellement écrit que tu jouais bien avec la lumière que tu voulais m'en mettre plein la vue ;-))) je ne crois pas avoir cette importance et surtout, tu n'as pas besoin de mes commentaires pour explorer ton talent! Cette photo est tellement belle qu'on peut la regarder et la regarder encore... la lumière est fantastique. Ça vient du dessous, un peu du dessus, on dirait que l'oiseau flotte parmi des luminosités de neige, de soleil et de l'ombre des branche. Je sais pas ce que tu fais mais c'est du grand art. C'est beau. Merci!


pts demain!

Bonjour Mario,

Félicitation pour ta 500ième photo sur TN, le jaseur d'Amérique sur la branche attire nitre regard. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau. Le sujet est bien cadré. Bonne journée.


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