By avilover

Bombycilla cedrorum

#78 - BlipBigYear 2014

A lovely Cedar Waxwing out at the Mad River Fish Hatchery. The waxwing family includes three species (two in North America and one in Japan), named for the red wax-like secretions that project from their secondary flight feathers. The function of their waxy wings is not well understood, though the production of these brilliantly colored secretions may be an indicator of fitness, which aids in mate attraction. Pretty cool, but I think I dig the superhero mask even more.

Runner-up #1! A stunning red dragonfly!

Runner-up #2! A glowering Osprey!

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