Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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© Ann Reece
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UploadedJanuary 16, 2010
TakenJanuary 16, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/200 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length200 mm
ISO1600
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I opened my blinds to see what the weather was doing and saw this Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on my tree in our front yard. They are very shy birds and if they spot you they run quickly to the other side of the tree. I have tried to get photos of them for a long time and never succeeded - until today : ). I poked my lens, set on 200mm, through the blinds and shot it through the glass window. I am thrilled that the bird pulled back its head for another round of pecking and I got this excellent shot of the bird!

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    Excellent shot, Ann. The bird is SO much like the bark of the tree, yet your capture of him is good.

  • Lori Reece

    Lori Reece gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    Wow, I'm so impressed that you got such a great shot of this camera shy bird! It does almost blend in with the tree bark. Great shot, Mom!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    I can't believe how well he blends with the bark!! A terrific capture! And here I thought 'yellow bellied sap sucker' was just a term from those western movies!!! :~)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    Great timing and shot Ann!!!! What a wonderful find!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    What a delightful capture!!!!!!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    Good for you...I am glad you caught the bird before it went to the other side of the tree...When birds are shy they are very difficult to capture through the lens when they are moving and you got a sharp picture.

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    great shot!

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