Cedar Waxwing on Privet

Cedar Waxwing on Privet

We have a massive Privet in our backyard that towers over our two-story house. Everyone who sees it says, “That’s the largest Privet I’ve ever seen!” The tree is currently producing a ton of berries which are quite popular with a local flock of Cedar Waxwings.

The waxwings feed high up in the canopy of the tree, which makes capturing photos quite a challenge. Shots from ground level are impossible. This shot was captured through our upstairs bathroom window. It’s a double-pane window and because of its location, it’s difficult to clean. Shooting through two panes of dirty glass makes for soft, washed out images that require a good deal of post processing to salvage. Often, when source images are so degraded, it’s not worth the effort. But occasionally, when you’re lucky enough to have all of the elements of the composition fall into place, the resulting image can be worth the extra effort.