Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sometimes They Just Make You Happy, Happy~

OK, OK, I have this under my labels for Yellow-Shafted Flickers, even though the bird book is calling them Northern Flickers.  I have been accustomed to calling them Yellow-Shafted Flickers my entire adult life, so if anyone questions my reasoning, there you have it.  You see the Yellow-shafted Flickers are actually part of the Eastern subspecies...thus correct on all counts.

Most often, I get to see these handsome ones from a good bit of distance.  I got my camera back after three LONG weeks without it and had gone to the garden window to test it out.  I had seen this Yellow-Shafted Flicker just a little while before digging up holes in the earth for any nice grubs it could find.  While standing by the window, it flew into view and I kept the curtain pulled together, so that it would not be frightened away.  I was quite patient and as a result got some pretty fine close up images using the 70/300 lens pulled back to just 70 and was pretty pleased with the results.  It is always such a pleasure to be able to see these birds close up and even with having to take the images through glass, I shall not complain yet be thankful they turned out as well as they did~








6 comments:

  1. these are awesome, Mary! They're all great but that last one is so cute with the head on - head on shots of birds always make me smile. I've never gotten a picture of them before, not sure why. Love the series!

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  2. Hi Mary, Great pictures of a very colourful and bright character, and maybe it should also be called Yellow-undertail Flicker?

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  3. Delightful little birds, their markings are so pretty

    Liked your SWF post, the views with a dusting of snow are beautiful

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  4. Great photos of such a pretty bird. Our flickers don't have the brilliant yellow that your shots record. I especially love it when you catch a bird on the wing.


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    HOW TO BLOCK a follower. Just clicking on followers didn't work b/c it doesn't give an option to block. Here's how it worked for me:
    Click on: Dashboard
    Followers
    Show blocked followers
    Show all followers
    THEN...Click on the follower you wish to delete and it will give the option to block!

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  5. Grande foto... mi piace questo uccello con le piume sulla testa rosse !
    Buona serata :)
    Myriam

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  6. Very nice photo set. I haven't photographed many birds this season. I need to get my feeders filled and get started again.

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