Cedar Waxwings Bombycilla cedrorum
Flycatching at Laurel Creek
10 August 2013
Recently there seems to have been a bit of an explosion of Cedar Waxwings, with many birds feeding young. At this time of the year it seems that they take to flycatching more than is perhaps observed in other months and several birds were actively engaged in this behaviour at Laurel Creek. The insect swarm above the water was plainly visible to the naked eye, no doubt making easy pickings for the waxwings.
This male Mallard Anas platyrynchos in eclipse plumage seemed totally unconcerned as the Cedar Waxwings snapped at insects mere centimetres above his head.