Waxwing

It’s been a little while since I’ve gotten over to the Ridgefield NWR to shoot but I made it over today, June 21, 2016.  The first thing one notices driving into the refuge this time of year is all the new blackbird and songbird activity, with lots of fledgling birds and their parents, poking around on the gravel road in front of me as I drive the auto tour route.  Additionally, I notice rabbits all over the place–lots of them.  It seemed as if I was entering a scene of a Disney cartoon with all the birds and animals greeting me.  I spotted a new Bald Eagle family on the perch tree near where the old nest was before it toppled earlier this year.  A mature eagle and two beautiful fledglings were perched on the tree.  Hopefully, the youngsters will survive their first challenging year of life.

Among the songbirds I photographed today was this Cedar Waxwing, which cooperated with a nice pose.

Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1000, 500mm, 8:14 a.m.

It’s been a little while since I’ve gotten over to the Ridgefield NWR to shoot but I made it over today, June 21, 2016.  The first thing one notices driving into the refuge this time of year is all the new blackbird and songbird activity, with lots of fledgling birds and their parents, poking around on the gravel road in front of me as I drive the auto tour route.  Additionally, I notice rabbits all over the place–lots of them.  It seemed as if I was entering a scene of a Disney cartoon with all the birds and animals greeting me.  I spotted a new Bald Eagle family on the perch tree near where the old nest was before it toppled earlier this year.  A mature eagle and two beautiful fledglings were perched on the tree.  Hopefully, the youngsters will survive their first challenging year of life.

Among the songbirds I photographed today was this Cedar Waxwing, which cooperated with a nice pose.

Canon 5D Mark III, 1/1250, f4, ISO 1000, 500mm, 8:14 a.m.

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