Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bohemian Waxwings, and Other Wildlife As Well As Scenes Of The Vermilon River.

 As you know I'm fascinated by the lighting and colour of the land we inhabit. This week's post rather sums it up. The week was mild and rainy, washing away the snow changing the look completely.Today was a quick drop in temperature to about -13C, about -17C with the wind chill. The snow was a frosty one, and created fairy lights, and natural black and white, and sepia tone photos. You'll recognize the weather by the background. Against the background  is the wildlife with their beautiful colours, particularly the Bohemian Waxwings with their impish looks and vivid colours. No post would be complete without Redpolls or Chickadees, probably the toughest little guys pound for pound. As well the four legged critters are on the move again, although we missed the fox this week.




Click any photo to view the slide show.


A post to I'd Rather Be Birdin',Our World Tuesday, and Wild Bird Wednesday.
Chickadee

Red Squirrel in the snow.

A pair of Common Redpolls.

Dried  seeds.

Dripping water.

Waxwing.

Chickadee.

Frosty clearing.

Mourning Dove.

Red Squirrel

Redpoll

A convention of Waxwings.

Chickadee.

Redpoll

That berry is mine.

Waxwing.

Chickadee

Redpoll

Redpoll

Redpoll

Still hanging around.

Chickadee

Redpoll.

Waxwing

Redpoll

Waxwing

Redpoll

Waxwing

Waxwing

Waxwing


Waxwing

Waxwing

Waxwing and friends.

Chickadee

Frosty branches.

Frosty leaves.

Frosty branch.

Frosty needles in winter sun.

Frosty trail.

Mourning Dove.

Frosty clearing in natural sepia tones.

Winter sun

Tundra river with ice skim.

Tundra creek 

Waxwing

Waxwing.

55 comments:

  1. That Waxwing did have a lot to eat i think when i look at him ,vrey nice photos ,nette

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  2. pretty little berry eaters! and always adore your squirrels. :)

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  3. Brilliant shots Gary. I can't get enough of those redpoll and waxwings.Your "light" pictures are superb too.

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  4. the waxwings are here as well, despite the fact there is not much for them to eat.

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  5. beautiful images you continue to share and I especially love the frosty trail. I wonder what kind of footwear you need to get out taking photos in those conditions? Not to mention clothing (oops I did, didn't I?!)

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  6. A convention, I saw the " CEO" waxwing sitting on a branch by himself, no doubt deciding on the agenda for the day. Lovely shots, and a story to go with it. Greetings from Jean

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  7. I spent yesterday looking for endangered birds.

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  8. Beautiful photo series showing.
    Wish you a good day :)
    Hanne Bente

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  9. Waxwings are some of my favorite birds!! Wonderful photos.

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  10. A weeks worth of birding in the frosty show makes a delightful slide-show. Those Redpolls have the sweetest faces in the forest :>)

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  11. That frost makes me want to hibernate. I'm a wuss when it comes to cold. Guess that's why I live way south in the sub-tropics. Anyway, Gary....love all your photos as always. This week, I especially appreciated the upside down antic of the waxwing.

    Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot.

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  12. I have to say the red squirrel in the snow is very eye catching.
    Laurie

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  13. Terrific winter series of shots! Beautiful birds and, of course, the squirrels! It does look wintery in your world today, Gary! Have a good week!

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  14. Another great collection Gary. Those Chickadees are shy little fellows aren't they?! I agree with Sylvia - those red squirrels are sure captivating. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Beautiful photos, I like frosty needles in winter sun.

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  16. Gorgeous shots. Really enjoyed my 'scroll' through your post.

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  17. Great post, love all the beautiful birds. Especially the waxwings and I am still waiting to see a Redpoll. Can you send me some? Have a great week!

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  18. Loved the photos of the frosty leaves. Great to see a red squirrel. The grey ones have almost taken over here - nowhere near as attractive as the red.

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  19. I really enjoy seeing the changes of light in your environment. I'm not sure I would enjoy experiencing the cold for myself quite so much!

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  20. What pretty waxwings! Those frosty branches are just gorgeous!

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  21. What wonderful wildlife photos- thanks so much for sharing.

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  22. great series. the frosty needles are splendidly beautiful.

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  23. You're so lucky to see the waxwings. They're such beautiful birds but we hardly ever see them around our cottage and never at home.

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  24. Your photography is excellent ~ I am sure I commented before so this may be a duplicate ~ Awesome nature's gems and such a serene blog ~ love it ~

    (A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^

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  25. lots of great birds, and those squirrels in the snow are pretty adorable :)

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  26. Lovely captures! I especially love the Redpolls - I don't see those here.

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  27. I know this is a post about birds, but I'm in love with the red squirrels. Aw, man -- cute overload!

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  28. I am jealous that you.ve seen the Bohemian waxwings,=, I have been looking for them with no luck at all.

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  29. So many lovely birds! I also really like the frosty branches in the snow - a beautiful image!

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  30. All of your photos tell me vivid wild lives even though snowy winter is a hard time for them to get food, All photos are GREAT!! Some of them look like black & white ink paintings. I love them.
    keiko

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  31. So lovely, your birds are quite colorful. The nature shots are nice, too, you have a good eye for photography.

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  32. I love those Redpolls! I'm not too good with cold weather, but for wildlife like this, I could be tempted. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Great shots Gary! The cold certainly comes through your images. I love the shots of the Redpolls and those persistent Waxwings. That fellow was pretty plump!

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  34. Hi Gary

    Nice post I liked the Redpolls we had some in the yard this week so it was nice to see your photos.

    All the best to Boomer.
    Guy

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  35. Hard times for squirrels and birds !

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  36. Your frosty path, snowy branches and redpolls and waxwings have made my day!
    Wonderful post as always Gary!

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  37. Great series of all sorts of birds!
    Greetings Pia

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  38. Hard to pick a fave-- the waxwings are so serenely beautiful and the redpolls so pert and colorful. Thanks again for taking us around for the walk!

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  39. the Bohemian Waxwings are really a beautiful bird,we have the Cedar Waxwings and they have the bright red waxy tips on the secondary feathers, and this helps to find out the sex and age of the bird, the orange pigment is synthesized from the carotenoid elements in their diet.

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  40. Loved your photos. Waxwings look so elegantly dressed.

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  41. The whole of the Northern Hemisphere seems to be full of waxwings! Any chance you could spare a few for us??

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  42. Amazing photos you showing us, this was an exciting and great series.

    Ottar


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  43. Beautiful collection. Your weather is getting so cold while ours gets so hot! We had 46oC the other day! Don't know what that is in F. Love the squirrel the most!

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  44. Lovely days in your neck of the woods ! Of course I love waxwings. it's amazing the way those pictures (and some of the scenery ones) came out so beautiful in 'natural black and white' .

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  45. -17! Wow we're complaining about -3 here. Fantastic series of birds.

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  46. Great collection. Love the red squirrel in the snow :)

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  47. I love your bird shots and nature shots!

    I always feel bad for the birds because it's so cold out there.

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  48. The pair of waxwings look great! Tundra Creek - pretty scenery!

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  49. The tundra look lovely, even in winter. Birds always look wonderful don't they.

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