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Featured in Top Shelf Wildlife and Nature Art – September 21, 2009

The Bohemian Waxwing is one of three species in a family that develop red wax-like droplets on the tips of their secondary wing feathers, the only birds in the world that are so ornamented. The older, more experienced males have the greatest amount and apparently are preferred as mates by those females lucky enough to team up with one. The cup nest is usually placed in an isolated conifer. The female incubates the four to six eggs for 13-14 days, being fed by the male during that time. The young, fed regurgitated berries and insects, leave the nest at 15-17 days of age.
The preferred nest is usually high in a pine tree but feeding opportunities determine the location ultimately chosen. Each bird or pair may have more than one nest in the same general area. The nests have an outer diameter of 15cm to 18cm and are lined with fine grass, moss, and down. On average, 4 to 6 eggs are laid, the egg shells having a pale bluish color with a heavy sprinkling of blackish spots and some dark, irregular lines. Incubation is around 14 days and the young leave the nest about 13 to 15 days after hatching.

Like other waxwings, its diet consists primarily of berries supplemented by insects, especially during the breeding season.

Photographed at Muncho Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Canon EOS 50D
1/2048 sec.
ISO 1000


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  • akaurora
    akauroraabout 5 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL…..(A perfect pose), he looks so regal!! Take Care ~ Rick & Deb ~ :)

  • thank you very much Rick & Deb

    – Vickie Emms

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous bird hon. You captured it so beautifully.

  • thank you my dear

    – Vickie Emms

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful bird, lovely shot

  • thank you so much Jess

    – Vickie Emms

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Perfect detailed pose Vickie, love the background, and well documented.

  • thank you Larry, that’s a lake background, just the way it turned out looks like that, glad you like it.

    – Vickie Emms

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2about 5 years ago

    beautiful shot vickie!

  • thank you Dougs

    – Vickie Emms

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseabout 5 years ago

    Love these guys…………..
    this is sooooooo beautiful Vickie!! :))))

  • thank you Rosie, can’t say I’ve seen too many of these beauties around here, so this was great to see………

    – Vickie Emms

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work, nice dof, and clarity, great information to go with it also, for a moment I thoought he was fake lol, well done…gina

  • thank you Gina, I agree with the fake “look” but that’s the way it was, and the background is a lake actually. On checking the internet last night for info, they all looked fake, lol. Seems that’s the way they are. Many thanks for stopping in again.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Howard & Rebecca Taylor
    Howard & Rebec...about 5 years ago


  • thank you Howard, yes I was very happy to see one for the first time in my life

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot!! Spot on detail and the composition!!

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • thank you very much Kathy

    – Vickie Emms

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