Beautiful Masked Bandit!

This gallery contains 3 photos. In the two years since I first spotted one, this is the closest I’ve gotten to a Cedar Waxwing, and its expression is just priceless … somewhere between a question mark and “You’ve got to be kidding me!” Really, I never expected my wildlife subjects to be so cynical. 🙂 Photographed on August 28.

Cedar Waxwings at Boundary Baymaybe it was actually saying “take that photo before I change my mind about posing for you”
f/6.3, 1/800, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 1000 

With wild blackberries ripening in Boundary Bay Wildlife Management Area, we are seeing these beautiful masked birds in greater numbers (being very social birds, they are hardly “Lone Rangers”). I saw no fewer than six snacking in the bushes in the course of just a few minutes. These fruit eaters seemed to be more audacious, too — not the least concerned with the quartet of walkers in deep conversation to their right, nor the hordes of golfers to their left.

Cedar Waxwings at Boundary Baythe quintessential Cedar Waxwing pose (minus the waxy red berry in its mouth)
f/6.3, 1/800, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 800 

That was one trusting bird to turn its back to me (must be part hummingbird). This also gave me a good look at its red wax droplets and yellow tailtips, and confirmed that this was not the rare and chunkier Bohemian Waxwing. With the cotoneaster and pyracantha berries ripening on the bushes by the front of the house, hopefully we’ll see even more of these beauties in the fall.

Cedar Waxwings at Boundary Baywe are so done with this photo shoot! now leave me to my berries.
f/6.3, 1/800, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 800

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55 thoughts on “Beautiful Masked Bandit!

    • thank you, Jacqueline! we saw them close to home a couple of weeks ago, but they were constantly flying from fir to fir. I hope I see more of them soon, because we’ve got plenty of nice juicy berries with their names on them! 🙂

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    • Metro Vancouver is the upper limit of their year round range, which means that we get to see them any time of the year. I see them rather infrequently, and never this close. I’m glad I took that walk! 🙂


  1. Such a beautiful capture of this beautiful bird! I had never seen one until one morning a dozen or so of them landed on our little fountain. I ran to get the camera but by the time I came back there were only five or six and I was so excited most shots were a bit blurred. I never saw them again. I think they were migrating somewhere and made a pit stop in Los Angeles. 🙂 I would love to see them again…

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  2. Here’s another kind of zorro 🙂 I love the name and looks of these birds, only seen them once tho (my blog logo is made from the only photo I took of them).Was the photo taken in your garden? What a great visitor to have.

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