As a Wildlife Photographer, I was thrilled to have a large flock of Cedar Waxwings visit my birdbath in Arkansas for several days last week. It was a rare and exciting opportunity to capture these beautiful birds in action.
Cedar Waxwings are known for their striking appearance, with their sleek brownish-gray feathers, black mask, and bright red tips on their wings. They are a migratory bird species that can be found in many parts of North America, including Arkansas.
During their visit to my birdbath, I observed that they were coming to get a drink every few minutes, indicating that they were extremely thirsty. My guess is that they were feeding on something nearby that was making them particularly parched. To keep up with the demand, I had to add water to the birdbath twice a day.
Fortunately, the location of the birdbath near my deck provided me with a great vantage point to capture some amazing shots of these birds drinking and interacting with each other.
Cedar Waxwings are known to be fruit-eating birds, and they have a unique adaptation that allows them to digest fruit year-round. They have a specialized stomach that allows them to break down the sugars in fruit, making it a vital part of their diet. They are also known to eat insects and occasionally drink sap from trees.
Overall, having a flock of Cedar Waxwings visit my birdbath was a thrilling experience, and I was grateful to have the opportunity to capture some stunning photographs of these fascinating birds.
- Camera: Canon EOS R7
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: April 21, 2023 (12:59 P. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/3200
- ISO: 6400 (Auto)
- Focal Length: 500 mm
Steve, I love all of these photos! How wonderful that they visited your birdbath.