More Cedar Waxwings

If you visit here regularly, you know that Cedar Waxwings are one of my favorite photographic subjects. They’ve always struck me as being rather elegant.

Cedar Waxwing

I’ll have to admit that I was a little puzzled Sunday when I saw a small flock of them flying around a tall fir tree. When I noticed that almost of them had their beaks wide open,

Cedar Waxwing

I half assumed that they were flying down, getting a blackberry and then flying back to the safety of the tree to it eat. I discarded that theory after I’d observed them for awhile and realized that they never left the fir tree, but simply flew a short distance and returned to the tree and sat there with their beak open.

Waxwing about to jump

The puzzle was solved when I finally got home and blew up this picture enough to see the insect just out of range of this Waxwing’s beak.

Waxwing Pursuing Insect

It turned out a they weren’t flying as much as they were simply hopping up to catch insects, only using their wings to land safely after launching themselves mid-air.