Here’s how it’s done, son

One of the neat things about bird-watching this time of year is that there are so many baby birds around.  I was watching this pair of Downy woodpeckers and followed how one of them seemed to be feeding the other.


At first, I didn’t know if it was just friendly sharing of food but on closer inspection, you can see that one (the one with a bright red stripe on the back of his head) is an adult and the other is a juvenile.  You can see the pale red patch on the top of the one to the right of this shot.  That’s the baby and it seems that he was hungry because they kept doing a dance on the side of the tree until Dad forked over some food.

Once again, I learn a little about nature while trying to get some good images.  What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Downy Woodpecker – Adult Male and Juvenile
(Picoides pubescens)
Alpharetta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
400mm @ f/8 – 1/40 sec – ISO 200


North America’s smallest woodpecker

I’m learning quite a lot as I have been working with my new Tamron lens and watching the birds in my back yard.  This is one of the visitors that I have been trying to get a good image of recently.  This is a female Downy Woodpecker (the male has a red patch on the back of the head) that I was watching for a while.  They seem to be quite aware of my presence and often hide by circling around to the back of trees or fly off quickly when they see the slightest motion.

Fortunately for me, they seem to really like suet feeders and though they are easily spooked, they keep coming back.  I watched for a while and could see a pattern of how they usually approached the feeder the same way.  If I set up on the tree that they would land on before going to the feeder, I could catch a few shots before they jumped over there.

The other thing I learned is the mosquitoes will stay off of your arms and legs when you spray but they don’t mind biting you right through your shirt if you don’t spray that also.  Boy am I itchy!  Need to remember that for next time.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800