While photographing wildflowers during my last visit to the nearby prairie, I looked up to see this unexpected visitor in a nearby tree:
This beautiful Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) was perched in the small tree, intently watching me. This was the morning when I saw the white-tailed deer doe with the 3 fawns (“Supermom”), and didn’t have my telephoto lens along, only my 180mm macro lens. Fortunately, the waxwing was perched only feet away and was patient enough to let me grab my point-and-shoot camera out of my bag and grab a couple of shots before flying off. During my 3 years of regularly visiting this prairie meadow, I had never seen a Cedar Waxwing here, before this morning.
Two big surprises in one morning on the prairie … life is good!