Saturday Snapshot April 13: Bohemian Waxwings in Flight, Defying Grey

I had the chance to see the elusive Bohemian Waxwings converge in the past weeks. Now they are gone. From afar, they may evoke images from a Hitchcock movie:

Flocks of Bohemian Waxwings

But just a closer look would change your view… Avian Cirque du Soleil, acrobats of the sky:

Avian Cirque du soleil

Or… flight aesthetics, mesmerizing to behold:

Avian Aesthetics

I would have wanted a clear blue sky. But the grey offers a deeper fascination. These energetic Waxwings seem to defy the overcast dreariness, exuding a spirit and an aesthetics that colour cannot bring.


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.

All photos taken by Arti of Ripple Effects, 2013. All Rights Reserved.
I regret the obtrusive watermarks. I could well have positioned them down in a corner to enhance aesthetics. But practicality took over… hopefully they are deterrents of copying.


Published by


If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

37 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot April 13: Bohemian Waxwings in Flight, Defying Grey”

    1. Cathy,

      I only saw them like this after I’d cropped the photos… yes, they look fantastic close up. You can still see the yellow tip of the tail in the last one.


    1. laurelrainsnow,

      Also, I could have lightened them to make them look like purely black and white photos. But then they wouldn’t be authentic.


    1. Hedda,

      Interestingly, I think in this case it’s just the reverse… it’s when seeing them individually and close-up can we appreciate the beauty of them. As a whole, they look intimidating like in the Hitchcock movie. πŸ˜‰


  1. I like that description: aerial ballet. So graceful. Those wings are really beautiful in flight. I’m sorry you’re having to watermark. Has the copying started already?


    1. nikkipolani,

      I totally agree. That’s an apt description.

      I’ve had a whole post copied (not ‘reblogged’) on another website before. And you know what, I found out some of my visitors are from Pinterest because several of my photos are there (and I don’t have a Pineterest account myself).


      1. I’m sorry about the copying. Takes some of the fun out of it. I used to watermark but it meant processing my photos in Lightroom rather than iPhoto. Though maybe with the influx of Pinterest…


    1. Melwyk,

      Actually they are very far away. I used a tele lens but not a great one. So these photos are all cropped after I’ve uploaded them on my computer. Of course, a better lens would be much more gratifying, ie, without having to do editing.


  2. I love the second photo, where so many of the wings seem translucent. And their flight seems quite different than many of the birds I’ve watched. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I think it might be the relationship between their shorter, stockier body and the wings.

    Very lovely – and it took a second look to read your real title instead of “defying gravity”!


    1. Linda,

      They look like they’re performing acrobatic feats, don’t they? It’s because they’re flapping their wings at different timing, without much order, unlike a group of Canada Geese. I find the Bohemian Waxwings are more individual and spontaneous, albeit gregarious. Actually the two enlarged shots are cropped from the first photo.

      Yes, I like the second one because of the translucent wings too. They could be enhanced if I increase the exposure and lesson the shadow (thru editing) … to brighten it up. But I didn’t because I wanted to leave them as ‘authentic’ as possible.


    1. Thanks, Stefanie! It’s been such a pleasure birding and taking photos of them. I’ve just started a new Spring Birdwatching Course… more coming. πŸ˜‰


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s