I was going back over a billion files, playing with effects, and as usual, deleting the play, when I looked at this young male flicker shot, and I thought, well, that's about as good as I've gotten woodpeckerwise, so I'd better upload it for my DA bird-pals. After all, his beak is open, we can see his crest, and the yellow of his wings and under-tail can be seen. How likely is that? Note to Erin: this native red bud tree was planted ten feet from where I planned to hide with the lens, and the branches were trimmed (as you can see), so that a bird would one day stand just like this as he reaches for food (in this case it hangs four inches or so to the right of his beak). Its a tripod shot, of course, and he certainly wouldn't be there if I were moving around. Its a set up shot. So much for Wild Kingdom. But this was during the peak of last summer's killer drought in Kansas, and I don't think this chick would have made it, were it not for the food and water Nana and I supplied, so if he had to work as my model, its only fair!!! The colors have not been saturated, so they look soft, but that is because he's an immature bird.
Despite the high ISO this looks wonderful. It's good that you had the 600mm lens; I suppose for a real bird fancier a lens that long is irreplaceable.
Excellent. Thank you for the note, Rene.
Thanks, Erin. If they come back with a chick this year, I will have ways in store to improve the shot.
AWESOME SHOT AND THE TIME YOU TOOK TO SHARE THE STORY OF THE SHOT IS TRULY VALUABLE! THANK YOU!
Very cool. Love the pose!
Thanks, Melissa. I was just drooling over your Costa Rica hummingbird shots. Wowy-zowey, what a bird! Always, I try to figure out what makes us like to try to "capture" birds. Peterson said, in the introduction to his field guide, that it is our attraction to their vitalness. That was not the last word he coined. The next was, "birdlet", in his description of the ruby crowned kinglet. There's this cool falcon hunting my birds lately (she's missed so far), but I missed the shot, so I have no positive ID. Keep up the good work with your two fine groups.
I love capturing their beauty and sharing it with people who have no idea what types of birds are out there. I like the word "birdlet" - I'll have to use it LOL. Perhaps your falcon is a Merlin? They would tend to stalk feeders. I only get Coopers and Sharp-shinned Hawks who stalk my birds. Would love a Merlin one day!!
Thanks, Billy. From a birder's point of view, it is rather extreme. Wish the background had more color. C'est la vie.
Lovely. I have yet to see a flicker.
Looked at your shots & I'm gonna guess you live in Jersey, so you'll see one sooner or later. Look for the white rump as they fly away.
yes I do, good guess. I will have to look for one. I just got an issue of a magazine called birds and blooms and a flicker was on the cover. I hope I get one on my feeder. I will keep an eye out.
Awesome shot. I love flickers.
They are incredible birds. The father feeds the chick after it fledges, just like cardinals do, but in this case he crams the food down his gullet. Got to watch them close during the drought.
A gem of a shot.
I think it is great!!