Flocks of hungry Cedar Waxwings often descend on the fruit-laden crabapple trees in the Cornell Plantations Arboretum. I love to photograph these elegant birds close up, but on this particular day, I decided to try capturing groups of waxwings rather than individuals. This group of four made a nice composition, but when they all plucked fruits at the same time I couldn’t believe my luck. The lighting was special, too: snow on the ground under the tree in which the waxwings were perched reflected light up onto them from below, making them almost appear to glow. Within seconds the group had dispersed and the special moment was over!
Cedar Waxwings by Marie Read.