In Hannu's Footsteps - The Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre
In Hannu's Foot steps - The Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

June 2013, June 2010



Most people know the Bohemian Waxwing as a winter guest. In the summer they disappear, and it is thought that they go to Lapland to nest. That is only part of the truth. Waxwings actually nest as far as the southern Ostrobothnia. In my native region, Töysä, I knew a few backwoods with ponds, where waxwings were often found in spring.

In winter waxwings eat berries but when summer comes they start eating insects. They are very skillful in catching mosquitos in flight. You often find it in trees by forest ponds, where they take off after flying insects.

Bohemian waxwing make their nest a few meters above ground level. All waxwings' nests I have seen have been in a spruce, except for one, which was high up on a pine branch.

Their nest behaviour is very descreet. When you come across a waxwing's nest, they don't make any noise or otherwise manifest the closeness of the nest. I have found several waxwing's nests, as I have come across a waxwing sitting at the top of a tree in June. In some nearby tree, there is a nest and a mate brooding.

The younglings already leave the nest when they are not quite able to fly. When a wanderer approaches, they shrivel and stop moving. They instinctly know that moving will reveal them.

Kuusamo, Soilu, June 1982

Technique: Canon H-1, 1.2/85mm, Kodachrome