Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wonderful Woodpeckers

If you have been following my photoblog for any length of time you probably have noticed that I like to use alliterations in the titles. Of course that has nothing to do with today's photoblog but I felt like mentioning it. Right now the Acorn Woodpeckers have taken over my bird feeders out in the Little Lake Valley. Because they are a communal species they protect their food sources from many other birds. When they come into feed everyone else takes off or keeps a respectful distance. Surprisingly smaller birds don't seem to rile them up much. If a Steller's Jay or a Western Scrub Jay come into feed they are right on it dive bombing it and pursuing it away from the feeders. When the woodpeckers are away the jays will come in but they will keep a low profile often feeding on the ground below the feeders. Deciding which woodpecker images to share is difficult because I have been taking quite a few. Here is a selection from Thursday. God's love and blessings to all, chris All images created with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Manfrotto 055 XPROB tripod. Camera settings used were AV mode, ISO 800, F 8.0 the shutter speed varied. #Bringit #TeamCanon Spring is a great time to get started learning to photograph birds as they are in breeding colors making for some beautiful image. If you are interested in learning how to photograph birds in your backyard please check out my new book, Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography. It is available from most major online book sellers and it is available in both hardbound and E book editions.

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