Saturday, February 21, 2009

Camera Critters: Red-bellied Woodpecker


The pretty little Red-bellied Woodpeckers are popular winter feeder birds. Not only are they attracted by suet they will also frequent common birdseed mixes.

This Red-bellied has been visiting our deck feeder all winter eating the sunflower seed we feed. It has become acclimated to our presence allowing me to shoot through the window from only a 3-4 foot distance.

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29 comments:

Jedediah said...

I love the colour of his eyes, nice capture.

Rose said...

I had not noticed the color of the eyes till I read the other comment...how brilliant the red is always captures my attention.

Carolina said...

Great capture!

Janie said...

What a great shot. Even the bird books don't show this much detail!

Tammy said...

Wow! Great shot!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gogeous shot.
Blessings,Ruth

i beati said...

great pictures

fishing guy said...

Salty: Beautiful close-up with a neat eye pattern.

Nikki-ann said...

A brilliant shot! It has striking colours :)

Bradley Myers said...

Coy, now you made me feel bad, I just got back from spending the day out shooting birds and didn't see any close enough for a shot like this. All were shot with the big lens.

Downloading cards now, maybe I got some sharp ones.

Great shot.

Shellmo said...

This is brilliant! He almost looks like he's smiling at you! One of my favorite birds!

Kallen305 said...

I have never noticed the pretty red detail around its beak before until now. Fantastic closeup of such a striking bird.

Misty Dawn said...

What an amazing and gorgeous close-up, Salty!!! Absolutely breathtaking.

Tink *~*~* said...

Lovely, close shot - although I've had plenty of these birds at my own feeders over the years, i don't think I've seen one's head close up before.

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is a fabulous shot! My feeders are too far from my windows for this kind of shot...so I'm envious. ;-)

Ken Conger Photography said...

Holy Cow Coy, now that is close. Nice tack sharp detail. Blue Skies.

Dianne said...

that is a wonderful close up!
love the ice patterns below

ASH's Eye said...

Not too often you get to see a bird close enough to tell that it needs to wipe the crumbs off its beak :)

Michele said...

Oh wow... look at this amazing close up... beautiful!! Impressive.

Gayle said...

What a vibrant orange head. Nice shot!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Both you and you Willard have pictures that have caught the birds eye to perfection....such a hard thing to do...
Excellent
Tom

Cheyenne said...

What a wonderful Woodpecker !
Very good shot.

Cheyenne

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

What a fascinating bird and photo. How close were you? The colors are striking.

Norwood & Debi

Babooshka said...

This another bird we don't have on the island. So envious its a beauty of an image.

Ivar Ivrig said...

A wonderful portrait. Well composed. I hope you have a great week ahead :-)

Ranger said...

Coy: Great picture, you are so lucky at getting good shots

RANGER

Bird Girl said...

Gorgeous Red-belly portrait!

Leedra said...

Excellent!

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Meggie said...

These are one of my favorites to watch at my feeder also, Salty. Such a handsome bird!