a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Sunday Surprise

A very welcome visitor for a camera opportunity if not welcome for the tree.  I am glad my art corner window was clean.  I shall admit I took thirty-one shots to get these few good ones.  First I had it on landscape and wondered why every time he pecked away I had a blur.

So I changed the settings, leaned on my human tripod of arms, and snapped away.
I got closer with the handy zoom lens and through the window he had no idea I was spying on him.  I even turned him sideways and he looked just as cool.
What joy it gave me to see this beauty so closely.  He posed nicely for me but he did not know he was posing.  I love being a bird spy!

10 comments:

Razzberry Corner said...

Now, what kind of woodpecker is he??? He is pretty!

Nezzy said...

Now I'll be singin' Woody Woodpecker Dance With Me, all day long. Magnificent shot of a beautiful bird.

Have a good one!!!

Mildred said...

Great pictures Gail!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bird Spy, indeed! Great photos. It's tough taking photos through the window.


~Lisa

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

Great shot. I love watching the birds.

Gramma Ann said...

Great pictures of Woody.....

Rural Rambler said...

Gail great shots, but what is he with that little red chin? I am with Razzberry Corner, what the dang heck is he? Oddly enough we had a Pileated taunting me this morning but I was too lazy to switch out my 35mm for my 300. He/she is a beautiful bird :) Oh my gosh Gail he is a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker!! Yowza!

Callie said...

Wow! Beautiful photos! I have never been able to see our woodpeckers that closely. Our make lots of noise, but they are hidden up in the trees.

DesertHen said...

Beautiful capture! Surely spring must be on its way!!

Pat said...

It's amazing what happens when you have the correct setting on the camera! LOL! I hate when I forget to switch the settings. I take a lot of pictures now in "aperature" setting, and I set the white balance from shade to sun to cloudy, etc. Then I'll forget to change that. I'm really trying hard to be a good photographer and check all the settings before I shoot, but then, bam, I'll forget and shoot in the wrong settings. That's why I'm called an "amateur" photographer!

But good thing you realized your mistake and changed to the right setting and was able to catch this downy woodpecker with his big pecker. Seriously. Doesn't his big seem really big?

LOL - word verification? unmen

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