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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An Eclectic Variety This Sunny Tuesday

            Here is a Red Bellied Woodpecker inspecting the great maple tree in my front yard. I have found woodpecker identification to be a bit perplexing. Certainly the little Downy and Hairy woodpeckers are nearly identical save the shape of their beaks and I could not understand the wisdom of calling the Red Bellied as such since I could never actually see a red belly on them. Not until today that is when I caught a good look, was fortunate enough to get a clear picture, and you know what? I can see a little faint blush on his breasts. At last I am informed.
            Be sure to double click on this image as there is some nice detail to behold.

 I was making the rounds this Tuesday morning seeing what was up in the air on this sun lit day. Over by the ponds things were quiet, just a couple pair of romantic ducks. A flock of crows flew by and even though I only had a 200mm lens at ready I practiced following the noisy fliers letting the auto-focus do its thing.

I was going to keep this for a surprise but I might as well let Grandma out of the trunk. I know where three immature bald eagles are nesting! I simply have not been able to get a good shot off to show you because they are on the property of a large corporation that employs an efficient private security force. Its like trying to get pictures of UFO's at Area 51. I sneak in, take a few nervous pictures, and head out before the choppers swoop in.  I actually have an out of focus shot of a Red Tailed Hawk diving in on this young eagle taken moments before I met the corporate police for the first time two weeks ago. This I do for YOU!

                                   " It is easier to seek forgiveness than it is permission."
                                                          Old Fireman's Saying


  1. The woodpecker is marvellous - I also like the detail in the wood.

  2. I must have missed this post. The woodpecker is excellent, and the eagle how can he belong to a corporation, he is after all the symbol of your country. Good job all around.