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By peter_oak  
Waxwings are characterised by soft silky plumage. (Bombycilla, the genus name, is Vieillot's attempt at Latin for "silktail", translating the German name Seidenschwänze.)[1] They have unique red tips to some of the wing feathers where the shafts extend beyond the barbs; in the Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, these tips look like sealing wax, and give the group its common name (Holloway 2003). The legs are short and strong, and the wings are pointed. The male and female have the same plumage. All three species have mainly brown plumage, a black line through the eye and black under the chin, a square-ended tail with a red or yellow tip, and a pointed crest. The bill, eyes, and feet are dark. Calls are high-pitched, buzzing or trilling.

Thanks for your C/C on my previous upload.Hope you like this shot.


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deavilin 12 341 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 5:41PM
Superb Smile


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Trout_Man 7 1 30 Wales
18 Feb 2011 5:41PM
A very nice capture and interesting read Smile Geoff.
Beautifully captured, Peter.
TheRiverRat 5 5 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 5:51PM
great shot, I really like the birds posture. Can you take a look at my waxwing pic and let me know what you think please. Phil
18 Feb 2011 6:03PM
Super image Peter,
Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
18 Feb 2011 6:31PM
Great image, well done
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
18 Feb 2011 6:41PM
Superb in all respects Peter,
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
18 Feb 2011 7:00PM
None better Peter. A cracking good shot.
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 7:05PM
Lovely shot, well captured.
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
18 Feb 2011 8:05PM
A lovely bird, well captured............Sandy
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
18 Feb 2011 9:11PM
Fabulous alert pose - love the slight turn of head and raised crest. Detailed to perfection in a natural environment. Great narrative.
User_Removed 12 386 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 11:02PM
A very beautiful picture, stunning colour & detail.
Ray42 8 3 England
19 Feb 2011 7:46AM
A great shot Peter - another one I have yet to see - a very informative and interesting write up too
skewey 10 31 England
19 Feb 2011 11:51AM
Excellent capture with fine detail.
19 Feb 2011 12:51PM
Hi Pete this was well l worth looking large a stunner gray.
19 Feb 2011 3:36PM
Wonderful capture Peter

Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 6:27PM
excellent photography and a great informative write up

A Booth 14 11 4 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2011 10:19AM
superbly captured composed and presented image. excellent colour detail and use of the light.
franfoto 9 2 32 England
21 Feb 2011 7:22PM
Beautiful Peter.

Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
9 May 2011 2:23PM
Superb image difficult to get feather detail on these beauties - you have managed it perfectly !
21 Jul 2011 8:55AM
Super shot, very well captured.
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
10 Sep 2011 9:03AM
Caught my attention as this is the Featured e2 Photo at the moment and what a stunner!!


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