Sunday, January 24, 2010

Winter Afternoon Woodpeckers

The beautiful weather we experienced Saturday gave me another opportunity to work with the birds at our natural appearing bird feeders. One feeding spot is in the back of this upright weathered log. I have noticed that both Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers prefer this particular feeding spot.

Perhaps the cover surrounding this spot is attractive to the woodpeckers or perhaps it is because they can cling vertically to the trunk while feeding but what ever the reason both species frequent this spot. Being limited with the 400mm lens, I set up a few feet away hoping the woodpeckers would allow me to capture photographs with good feather detail.

The male Downy was the first to arrive. Although it remained hidden behind the feeder trunk most of the time it did move into sight twice allowing me to click a few frames each time.

A male Red-bellied did likewise although it was not quite as trusting as the Downy.

The birding fun all ended when a different “bird” arrived to clean up the remaining bird seed.


11 comments:

Meggie said...

Interesting, I have the same three birds frequent my feeder. The last one seems to eat the most.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Your pictures are amazing.I need to take some lessons from you.LOL
Blessings,Ruth

Kerri said...

Great shots Coy! Love how you caught that "other" one too!

Elaine said...

The woodpecker shots are wonderful, and I love the shot of the deer peering around the tree. Your patience really paid off for you again.

Chris said...

Hi Coy,
wow you used the opportunity quite well mate! Fantastic shots of the woodpecker, I love them! Strange birdy on the last one ;-)

Montanagirl said...

Great shots. The last one is priceless. Good work!

troutbirder said...

Yup we have a lot of those "different" birds as well. I've assigned my GSD to chase them away.

Carol said...

that was wonderful...I love the last one...what a nice shot.

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Coy said...

Troutbirder,

These "big" birds are always welcome at our bird feeders:)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

One of my dreams is to see a red-bellied sapsucker and getting a great photo of it! I'm impressed!

photowannabe said...

Love your last bird feeder guest. Terrific picture. Great pics. of the woodpeckers too.