Let me start with a confession – I am not a personal fan of “formal” exercise. Whether it’s Cross-fit or Fitbit, I just don’t get all that excited about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love a leisurely walk or a hike with hubby and the dogs, but I am much more of a contemplative stroller than a cardioholic. (I totally made that word up!) A slow-paced walk surrounded by beauty restores my soul.
Yesterday, while out on one of these meandering journeys, travelling alongside a trickling creek (which is a symphony in itself!) I heard a high pitch whistle and saw a rustling in a bush just off the path. Much to my delight, I discovered a band of Cedar Waxwings busy absconding berries.
The bush they were visiting was loaded with fruit, but was also a tangled web of twigs that kept the scavengers pretty concealed. Still, I managed to get a few fairly clear shots.
Typically, a bird would land on a twig, scout out the clusters, and then pluck a berry and swallow it whole.
All throughout the bush, other Waxwings were engaged in this same berry devouring process.
Waxwings are one of my all time, absolute favorite birds.
As I stood there taking picture after picture, often getting in awkward positions to try and get a better shot, several other walkers stopped to see what I was doing. They were fascinated when they discovered that the bush was full of birds. (I think an easy way to start a conversation with a stranger is to either have a puppy or a camera!)
I am glad I took a camera with me on the walk. I didn’t have one of my better lenses in hand, but I did have my old faithful SX50 ( a PowerShot on steroids) which is the camera I used when I started this blog, and the one that got me addicted to taking pictures. I think she did just fine!
These beautiful bandits are such a pleasure to behold!