We heard some concerted tapping on a tree was we walked by the other day. This little critter was up there, pecking around for some lunch.
This is a male hairy woodpecker. His long, pointed beak distinguishes him from a downy woodpecker, which is smaller and has a shorter beak.
He pecked for insects almost continually as I watched. His head was in almost constant motion. Can you imagine getting your meals like this? My head hurts just thinking of it.
In addition to finding the local herd of elk on Saturday, there were also groups of trumpeter swans not far away. Like the elk they were at a distance but my little Lumix camera helped to bring them home in a photo. Thanks again to SAM for alerting me to this mini wildlife extravaganza.
We have a lot of mourning doves hanging around lately, puffed up and frankly looking cold and miserable. Even in the sun it’s not much warmer than freezing. For me the soft light and shadow of this shot catches the chill.
Some of my favorite moments behind a camera are when it’s pointed at eagles. I caught these eagles in a disagreement over who got lunch — a dead seagull that they had no doubt hunted down together.
I was pleased to catch this eagle landing.
This eagle was simply being too regal to ignore on election day.
The City Daily Photo theme day for January 1st will be “Photo of the Year.” As I search for a favorite, I’ve found a few that I especially enjoyed last year. I liked this little goldfinch on my window sill. Is it that it was a special moment or just a cute little bird? I can’t say. Probably both.
And this is another favorite. It also happens to be food for goldfiniches.
When I’ve taken pictures of other sparrows and pulled out my bird book to identify them I’ve seen this one several times in the book but hadn’t found it. At last I have. The book describes them as small (5-1/4″) and secretive. For perspective on it’s size, just remember that those rose hips aren’t much bigger than your little finger.
The day was decidedly grey. Eagles like to perch on uppermost branches; this was about as close as I could get with my zoom lens and some cropping.