Cedar Waxwing feeding sequence

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Here's a few shots from a month or so ago while out shooting with Jim Thiel at one of our local wet lands area.

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Would someone who understands the habits of the bird tell me why one is feeding the other? Is the male feeding the female because she stays with the eggs?
Also, in #1 is that a second berry in his mouth?
Incredible images by the way.

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Alright, when in doubt GOOGLE. This is interesting; During courtship, males and females hop towards each other, alternating back and forth and sometimes touching their bills together. Males often pass a small item like a fruit, insect, or flower petal, to the female. After taking the fruit, the female usually hops away and then returns giving back the item to the male. They repeat this a few times until, typically, the female eats the gift. Cedar Waxwings have a strong, steady flight style with fairly constant wingbeats.
 
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