Cedar Waxwing in Little Emigration Canyon

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A Cedar Waxwing in Little Emigration CanyonA Cedar Waxwing in Little Emigration Canyon – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It was clear, smoke-free, cool and wonderful up in Little Emigration Canyon yesterday and seeing several Cedar Waxwings made it even better. The first Cedar Waxwing wasn’t on a good perch, the second one wasn’t in good light but the third time was a charm when I found this one perched out in the open, close and in good light.

A Cedar Waxwing fluttering its wingsA Cedar Waxwing fluttering its wings – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I almost always hear Cedar Waxwings before I see them which isn’t to say they are loud, in fact their calls are more of a soft whistle. I didn’t hear these birds call but the waxwing above did call as it left the perch.

Blue skies over Little Emigration CanyonBlue skies over Little Emigration Canyon – HTC One M8, f2, 1/3146, ISO 125, 4mm, natural light

It was wonderful to see blue skies with a few fluffy whites clouds and visiting Little Emigration Canyon for the first time was made all the better by the weather conditions. Little Emigration Canyon looks like it will be a great place to look for birds during the spring migration!

Life is good.



  1. Stu Megan August 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Enthralling views and images. The waxwing has so much character and attitude it seems. Love the landscape view , such perfect detail. ($5)

  2. Elephant's Child August 25, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Love that bandit mask.
    And the scenery…

  3. Jo August 25, 2015 at 7:45 am

    I always hear them before I see them. They are always in the tops of the trees, except at my friend’s house. She has a beautiful water feature and they come down to drink out of it. The first time I asked her what they were, duh I had never seen the backs of them before. What a wonderful breakfast treat.. Great shots.

  4. Wally August 25, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I get excited when I hear those high-pitched soft whistles in the spring and fall! How wonderful you persuaded one to pose in the open! Great shots!

  5. Bob Mcpherson August 25, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Beautiful pictures Mia. They are gorgeous birds.

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