Saturday, August 15, 2009

Camera Critters: Woodcock





Driving along a rural dirt road at dusk last evening a Woodcock flushed from the side ditch, flew a short distance a settled down again.

Stopping my truck when I came abreast of it I attached the flash to the camera and attempted to focus but it was much too dark. Picking up a flashlight from the truck’s door pocket I held the light against the lens. This arrangement although awkward provided the necessary light for the auto-focus to function properly.

The Woodcock would flinch each time the flash fired and after half a dozen or so shots it walked off into the bushes.

Note on previous post: An anonymous commenter questioned the identity of the mergansers. Frankly I though I had it right but I sure wouldn’t bet the farm on being correct. If any one of you can positively identify these birds I would appreciate it.

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14 comments:

Jane said...

Aww he/she is beautiful, lovely closeup. Thanks for sharing:)

sixstars said...

Good idea to use the flashlight as a light source the shot turned out well focused. Its always interesting to see wildlife photos from other parts of the world.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Sharp eyes you have to spot this well camouflaged feathered friend.
Hugs and blessings,

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are good shots.Photographers are always ready with a unique idea in oreder to get that picture.:)
Blessings,Ruth

Ken Conger Photography said...

Interesting close up of an evasive species. You are correct with your identification below. They are mergansers, obvious due to the bill shape and immature due to the coloration. Blue Skies.

Elaine said...

This guy really blends in with his surroundings. Even in the daylight he would be hard to spot. Amazing that he didn't take off at the first flash. Excellent work.

Jedediah said...

That is one fake looking bird ;) I love the big eyes, he looks a bit outraged at being photographed.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Lovely close up pix, funny looking bird but cute.

Chris said...

Hi Coy,
A lovely close-up on this species. Again something I can barely see over here!

Montanagirl said...

Very nice work with the flashlight/flash! He sure blends into the background.

Cezar and Léia said...

Fabulous shot! Congratulations!
Happy camera critters
purrs and love
Luna

Misty Dawn said...

This is a really neat looking bird! I think it would be very difficult to spot with it's camo.
As always, your shots inspire me.

Meggie said...

Fabulous shots, Salty! I agree with Jedediah, it almost looks fake.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Salty: Wonderful capture, I remember hunting them as a kid.