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my first Cedar Waxwing for Ron

my first Cedar Waxwing for Ron
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): birds i met in USA [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-03-13 9:31
Viewed: 1923
Points: 12
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It was my FIRST sighting of a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), and i would love to dedicate this post to my friend, Ron Warner [ tuslaw ] :)

You remember Ron? It was through one of your posts that i got to know about this bird! That photograph was lovely, so was the bird. I was so thrilled to know that such a bird had existed and badly wanted to meet one.. someday. You said, i could see some in Tennessee. But i never saw one, until this day. May be, it was not the season for them to show up.. or may be, i just missed.

I know, photographically, this is not a good shot. The sunlight was just against my camera and hence i couldn't do proper justice to its outstanding features. But i also know that you'll surely understand the thrill and excitement of seeing a dream bird for the first time. This shot is important to me, and that's why i don't hesitate to dedicate it to you. Is that okay, Ron? :)

I was in Shelby Farms Park, slightly away from the Mayor Lake and scanning the thickets where sunlight had fallen. It was a partly cloudy day, and hence, sunlight meant a lot. I was after a Woodpecker, and then found a young lady, just behind of me, taking shots.. in the opposite direction.. against the sunlight! That made me curious! But as i was sure i couldn't do well against the sunlight and also didn't want to lose my Woodpecker, i didn't give much importance to my curiosity. Later, when the Woodpecker was gone and i joined her, i was stunned.. in awe!

The bird was so small, so different, beautiful.. sitting calmly on a nearby branch.. but unfortunately, against the sunlight. Then suddenly i knew how precious time was!! The bird must have been there for a long time, and it could leave at any moment! Well, i was right. I could take two or three shots before the bird was gone. Didn't get much time to adjust my camera also. So later, tried to rescue the image through editing..

And this much only i could manage :/

May be, i'll get to see this bird again.. may be on the next time, it will be a good shot.. but still, nothing can reduce my happiness :)

When i saw this bird i couldn't recall it's ID. But i knew it was one of my dream birds.. and i had seen its photographs before. After some time, i remembered its name.. and was astonished to find it so small. I thought Cedar Waxwing was a big bird.. just like Red-winged Blackbirds.. :)

I had not many days left. But i managed to visit Shelby Farms Park again. For this bird and for Carolina Wren. But didn't get to see a Cedar Waxwing again..
Bad luck. May be on the next time.. :)

Thanks for viewing. Happy to share :)

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Hello Ruby
A wonderful dedication to a wonderful person, great nature lover and talented photographer. Nice and clean execution ! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Ruby, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Ruby,
nice to see you again, with a lovely image of a bird of other world.
beautiful light, colour and composition.
A wonderful dedication also.
good wishes.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Ruby, and thank you for the beautiful dedication.
This is a bird I always look forward to seeing while up at Magee Marsh during the spring migration. They have such a unique look to their plumage, a very smooth almost silk like texture. They always carry their heads high as if they know they are beautiful and are quite proud of it. Their black mask adds just a tad of mystery to their appearance and their colors seem to blend into each other without no definitive beginning or ending.
I really like your photo as it shows all these characteristics and the bird is in an attractive pose. Just look at it sitting there ...head held high and just daring you to take it's picture. I'm glad you obliged!!

Beautiful bird and beautiful photo Ruby! The composition is excellent! The soft lighting and the colours are fantastic!

Pleased to see you getting deeply connected with American wild life, Ruby. This Waxwing is a pretty bird and you have shot it well despite the odd light conditions you mention in you note for Ron.
Thanks and all the best!

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