Cedar Waxwing

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
11287712/1000000 sec. / ISO 500
Nearest Area
Rosebud County
Ever since the snow moved into Eastern Montana in early December, I have been seeing photographs of this seasonal bird popping up on social media from several other photographers I know from across the state. I had never seen one before I wanted to see one for myself so I set out to find them. From most of the photographers I had spoken with, they said the Waxwings would only stick around the region for a couple of weeks before heading south when the extreme cold set in. Time passed and the temps got colder and colder until we had an entire week well below zero degrees Fahrenheit, and I thought for sure they were long gone and I would have to wait until next year. Then, on a warmer mid-January day as I was taking my dogs on a walk along the Yellowstone River, I came across a huge flock of the Cedar Waxwings in a Russian Olive tree eating all the pods that layed dormant over the winter. I had my Canon 5D MKIV with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with me but I still felt that even at 200mm, I would be too far away to get a good shot without scaring them away. So I packed my three Labradors up in the truck and rushed home to get my Canon 2x Teleconverter and hoped that they would still be there. To my surprise, they were still in the same tree upon my return and I was able to get this shot of a Cedar Waxwing playing with its food. f/5.6, 1/2500sec, ISO 500, 400mm.
Date Added
January 21, 2018

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