Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Winter Feeder Birds: Woodpecker & Nuthatch

A Red-bellied Woodpecker female pauses at the hollow-log feeder

A White-breasted Nuthatch checks the safety of its surroundings

Photographing winter feeder birds is a close-distance activity. Even with the 400mm lens it is necessary to get very close to obtain good image detail. These shots were taken around 15 feet, so far that is as close as these two species will allow me to set up the camera. Hopefully as the winter progresses they will become more tolerant.


Jenn Jilks said...

Beautiful shot! Well done.

Craig Glenn said...

what pretty birds! great shots Coy


Chris said...

Well I'd like already to be able to be at 15 feet, they are not that easy to get close-up! Beautiful shots!

Kerri Farley said...

Two more of my favorite birds here! I posted a Nuthatch today as well.
I love their wonderful poses. And being a red head myself...the woodpecker hold a special place in my heart :)

Great shots Coy!

Peggy said...

A beautiful classic pose on that Nuthatch! Excellent lighting and detail! I love both of these guys chatter! So distinctive, which makes them a favorite of mine!

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Brilliant captures! :)