A pair of Cedar Wax Wings sitting side by side, looking as if in very deep thoughts of their future. There were actually several wax wings feeding in this particular tree which is consistent with their flocking behaviour.<P>This social bird generally travels in large flocks in the nonbreeding season and may even nest in loose colonies.

The Cedar Waxwing is one of the few temperate dwelling birds that specializes in eating fruit. It can survive on fruit alone for several months. Unlike many birds that regurgitate seeds from fruit they eat, the Cedar Waxwing defecates fruit seeds. At times, the Cedar Waxwing can become so intoxicated on over ripe fruit that it cannot even fly. It is also, however, vulnerable to alcohol intoxication to the point of death after eating fermented fruit.


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  • James Godber
    James Godberalmost 6 years ago

    What pretty birds – great capture!

  • James, thank you very much for taking the time to view my image and for your encouraging words.

    – John Absher

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you very much Rita!

    – John Absher

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesalmost 6 years ago

    super capture!! am looking for their food source in that tree – maybe they are, too :))

  • Hey Victoria. I don’t actually know how long ago it was that you left this comment, but I just stumbled on it and wanted to get back to you on the food source. To my surprise, what they were actually feeding on was the while blossoms. I had never seen any bird actually eat flower petals before, but there was quite a large flock in two side by side trees here and they had pretty much eaten most of the petals off already when I got this photo. I have a few shots where they actually have flower petals in their mouths, but those shots are not too good.

    – John Absher

  • riverotter
    riverotteralmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks again Emily!!

    – John Absher

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 6 years ago

    wow, just lovely

  • Thank you very much Luda!!

    – John Absher

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 5 years ago

    Incredible image, fantastic colour and detail

  • Thanks Lyn … greatly appreciate it!!

    – John Absher

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesabout 5 years ago

    who would have thought – flower petals, eh? a few days ago @ a local nursery (flowers, trees, etc), i watched a pair of these birds searching for the perfect place for their nest. what a wonderful experience; they were sooo sweet. have never seen that happen before. at times they were just a few feet away, & i was simply taken with their beauty. the flash of brilliant yellow on the tail feathers & the orange points on the wing tips – marvelous!!

  • kukawa
    kukawaalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful Image! Your work is Amazing John!! : ) Syl

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...almost 4 years ago

    This is absolutely stunning!!! The details are superb! Beautifully done!

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 4 years ago

    Oh, John … they ’re gorgeous!! what an outstanding pair!!!!!!!!

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