Sunday, 1 February 2009

Woodpecker




Not a clear picture, because I had to take it through the bedroom window - opening the window scared him away, as I found out when I tried it, but fortunately I'd already taken a few shots through the glass. It's the first time we've managed to get any pictures of the woodpeckers, so I'm pleased even though it's window-blurred.

Anyway, this is what a 250mm zoom can do!

21 comments:

ladyfi said...

So that is what a woodpecker looks like! I always hear them, but only see them high up in the trees.

Jenny Beans said...

Beautiful. We have a few woodpeckers in our back yard. It's such a neat feeling when you walk out to a quiet world and hear them knocking in the woods.

Kazzy said...

I grew up in Virginia, where I swear all of the living things are bigger. Moths, bugs, etc. We had a woodpecker that regularly attacked our vinyl siding on our house, until one day when my dad ran out and chased it away. I swear it was two feet tall. It went up to his knees!

Jeanne said...

Last week we had a couple of dozen robins in the bare tree outside the back window, all fluffed up against the cold, so their red breasts were very evident. I tried to get a photo through the glass, but wasn't nearly as successful as you and when I opened the door....

Dina said...

Great picture! Thanks for commenting on my blog post the other day. I was excited to see that you are posting chapters from your novel online. I look forward to reading them...

Peggy said...

You are lucky, I have never seen one.Still a good photo frominside the window.

Rachel Cotterill said...

ladyfi - I almost never hear them, but they come in for the peanuts every winter (and occasionally in summer). We get green ones from time to time, too.

Jenny - as above... do wish we heard them more often!

Kazzy - everything's "bigger and better" in America, right?! :)

Jeanne - wow, that's a lot of robins to get in one place, we seldom see more than about 2 at once. We had 8 long-tailed tits on the one feeder last week but that was before I got the zoom lens.

Dina - thanks for visiting, hope you enjoy the book!

Peggy - one day it'll be warm enough to leave the window open for long enough that they get over the fear... then I'll get a proper picture :)

phd in yogurtry said...

I've seen a lot of woodpeckers but that's the first time I've seen one at a bird feeder! He's got some beautiful red stockings, hasn't he?

Vodka Mom said...

I love that shot! I love nature, and love woodpeckers. I saw a huge one last summer out my window, but didn't have a good camera!!!

Lilly's Life said...

Rachel, I have never seen one before. How beautiful. I love what the new camera can do but I am sure you have to have an eye for these things. Are there many of these birds around where you live?

Thanks for your comment on my love post - you hit it on the head!!

Pam said...

I'm trying to get photos of birds too, it's so difficult!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

My husband would LOVE this. He's all about identifying birds. He tried to set up a bird feeder - but it ended up being more of a squirrel feeder. Very sad.

MuseSwings said...

Beatuiful little guy! Thank you for stopping by my blog! Nice to read yours - I enjoyed one of your marshmallows while I was reading you marshmallow post. Thanks

mo.stoneskin said...

Nice one. Look forward to some more.

Marianna said...

I love those little guys! So cute but...noisy (sometimes :-) Great picture!

Thank you for your nice comment in my blog! It is good to know that there were more of "us" ;-) out there in the world!

Take care now
peace and love
xoxo

Emmie said...

I love this photo its very good considering the distance you took it from! well done! x

Debbie said...

We have these little sweeties too. Great photo.

Rachel Cotterill said...

phd in yogurtry - I was amazed the first time I saw it, but they come all the time now.

Vodka Mom - when you get your mega book deal, buy yourself a good camera! ;) We'd all love to see.

Lilly - I bet you have equally amazing birds near you, though. Probably all sorts of things I've never even heard of!

Pam - keep trying, I'll look forward to seeing what you get :)

Kate - ours feeds the local squirrel, too... not much we can do about that.

MuseSwings - thanks for visiting, hope you enjoyed your marshmallow.

Mo - thanks, I'll keep trying...

Marianna - it's always nice to find a kindred spirit you didn't know you had :)

Emmie - thank you!

Debbie - aren't they lovely! Thank you :)

Chef E said...

Wow that is good, and the new camera eh? I got a new digital 'point n click' and it suffices, but once we were sitting right under humming bird feeder and I started snapping away without moving an inch, I will have to find those pics, they came out really good...nice I cannot wait to see more...

Dave King said...

Impressive. The window blurr doesn't detract from it in the slightest. To those not of the cognoscenti it could be movement blurr!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Chef E - the real advantage of non-SLR cameras, as I'm learning, is that you don't scare the wildlife quite so much as with the shutter noise of an SLR!

Dave - maybe I shouldn't have mentioned the window! But I wouldn't have wanted anyone thinking it was a problem with the lens - knowing how much I went around looking at sample photos online before we decided what to buy :)

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