Glad you all like it, thanks! Once in awhile I take one I like more than usual, and this one was it for the day. I owe the Nikonians for this beautiful stage for my bird images.
Years ago, shortly after joining the Nikonians, someone in Europe posted an image of a Cedar Waxwing eating fruit in a crabapple tree. It was a winter shot. Everything about that image was beautiful, I went back to look at it over and over. I couldn't get it out of my mind. The next spring, I planted this crabapple tree 12 feet off my back patio, and I have never been sorry.