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PIC OF THE WEEK: 02/01/16 • PREVIOUS WEEKALL 2016 PICSNEXT WEEK

Where: Richmond, VA • St. Charles Rd.
Notes: The Cedar Waxwing is truly one of our most beautiful North American birds. This species typically roams about nomadically in the fall and winter months searching for ripe fruit and berries. During these months they are typically found in flocks ranging from a couple dozen to well over a hundred. They often mix with other species with a similar appetite, such as American Robins or Bluebirds. Recently I discovered a large mixed flock raiding the berries on a fifty foot tall Holly Tree in my neighborhood. So, I drove back to the house and grabbed my camera gear, hoping the birds would stay around for a little while. Little did I know that this spur of the moment decision would have me standing in ten inches of snow, in my tennis shoes, for the next three and a half hours. Upon return, I positioned myself under a small leafless Dogwood Tree, just up-sun of the berry buffet. The Waxwings and Robins flew in and out of the Holly in masses. Occasionally an alarm call would send the entire flock fleeing for cover, because a local Red-shouldered Hawk was lurching around the area. But after a few minutes, the birds would trickle back in, a few at a time. The feeding frenzy would begin again. After an hour or so, I began to realize that the birds were literally stripping the tree of every berry. The top twenty feet was already completely bare. If they continued to eat their way down the tree, eventually they would be at eye level and only a few feet away. So I waited and watched. Sure enough, when there were no more berries above, the birds came in close with little care of my presence. Once the tree was completely depleted of its food source, the Robins and Waxwings even began to retrieve the many berries that now littered the ground. They flew down to the recently fallen snow under the fruitless Holly and had desert.

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Small Bird Photo 2

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark III • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo Series 3 Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-101
Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/500 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 1250 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~15 Feet • Date Shot: 01-26-16

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