I found a stunning waxwing resting on a branch

A waxwing resting on a branch

This is an image of a Waxwing on a branch. There probably are only a few things I like as much as capturing images and they are spending time with my family, fishing, and hunting. On this incredibly hot day
at the coal river, I got the best of three of those worlds. I was hanging out with my family at the coal river in West Virginia, I was doing some fishing, and swimming with them in the river and of course capturing some images.

If you ask my family generally wherever I am generally my camera is not far behind. This day was no exception. After some time of getting skunked fishing (which is normal for me and probably why they do not call it catching I decided to put the poles away and get my camera out. Once the camera was out and the poles were back in the car, go figure the fish started biting. But that time for me had come and goes to catch some fish.

I noticed some very strange looking almost cardinal like birds flying around being a general nuisance not only to the area I was fishing but to those who were swimming close by as well. I really did not know what kind of bird it was, but I figured I had not seen a lot of them and I was not sure if they were rare or what so I attempted to get an image of them, well at least one of them and figure what they were later.

At any rate, I set up on the bank and waited and like any true wild animal the birds made me wait forever once I got set up and ready to shoot. In photography and particularly with nature patience is a virtue. I believe it all paid off, though. This shot turned out well. It was composed just as I imagined it capturing the cobweb and all.

So it was overall a great day, the family had fun; I got a little fishing in although I got skunked like I normally do when I go out fishing. Yea I love it. I love being in the outdoors taking in nature. I love dysfunctional fishing and probably losing more fish than I catch. I love getting the camera out and capturing a few pictures some of the family and some just of who and what is all around me. I enjoy spending time with the kids and grandkids, all around it’s a great time and adds, even more, enjoyment to being and doing in the outdoors.

Years after capturing the image I was actually able to identify the bird. Now I am able to not only post but post what it actually is a waxwing. In North Carolina, where I currently live, the Waxwing is a rather common bird. I mean they can be seen in every city park, in every forest preserve, and every nook and cranny in the state. They are very beautiful birds with a lot of character.

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Author: Chris Flees

I am an artist, art promoter, and art marketing professional who specializes and blogs primarily about art topics and the "behind the scenes" of my subject and images. Occasionally I blog about Christian topics.