Last year at Madison Campground in Yellowstone National Park a Robin decided to build his nest in the fir tree 18″ from our living room window. At first this excited Cali, she would keep leaping up to the back of the sofa to watch. We were also convinced the Robin knew she was there and felt safe and wound her up even more by sitting and looking at her.
This year in the campground in Grande Prairie, AB Cali was rushing around, looking out of the windows on the Driver’s side of Tigger and her tail was flicking and her cheeks quivering. We thought it was the Robins visiting the trees next to us.
However, I discovered the source of her aggravation – a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) had built a nest in the tree next to us before we arrived and had four chicks that needed feeding.
I had my handheld set up ready so I crept back into the coach, picked it up, and got these images.
I think these images tell the story, but the next day I had my 600.0mm lens out and thought to get some closeups.
Sadly the nest and chicks had gone. There were just a few strands of the nest left on the tree branch otherwise there was no sign of the nest or it’s occupants on the ground. That’s Mother Nature.
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Gear: Nikon D4s, Nikkor 80.0-400.0mm f/4.5-5.6 VRIII, Nikkor TC-14 EII, Lexar Digital Film
So some big creature up the food chain got them all? Or she flew them all away to safety? Mother Nature sucks sometimes. Gorgeous pictures. Nancy
Has Cali been licking her chops?
Love the open mouths on those baby Cedar Wax Wingsm