Ritual Dance Of The White Breasted Nuthatch

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© Andrea Petersen
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Ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the birds of the air, and they shall tell thee...
O speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee...Job 12: 7-8

This was one of the earlier pictures that I shot today of the Nuthatch spreading his wings before I realized he was doing his ritual dance bobbing back and forth trying to make himself fierce intentionally to scare the Downy Woodpecker away from the suet block...(where I showed the two of them together in the previous picture)...I had to work with this in photoshop to deepen the contrast around the reflective glare that I unfortunately got from the window glass I shot this picture through and decided to convert it into black and white.

Camera Model: Nikon D7000
Focal length 105mm
F-Number F/8
Exposure Time 1/200 sec.
ISO Speed ISO 200
Shutter Priority

11 responses

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (13 Nov 2012):

    Wow, he would scare me away for sure. awesome catch and very dramatic in B & W!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (14 Nov 2012):

    Very dramatic and well done shot! The use of B&W adds to the drama. Have you tried the movie feature of the D7000 yet?

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (14 Nov 2012):

    great capture!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (14 Nov 2012):

    Thank you all for the comments...No, Donald I haven't tried the movie feature of the Nikon
    D7000 yet...There is a lot I need to study up on with this camera when I get a spare,moment.

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (14 Nov 2012):

    Like this great shot.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (14 Nov 2012):

    Outstanding detail in this lovely capture, he really does look fearsome here.. Love this!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (15 Nov 2012):

    Such beauty! Wonderful!

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (15 Nov 2012):

    Very beautiful image, Andrea! I agree with Donald and Leslie, B&W adds drama...

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (15 Nov 2012):

    What a beautiful B&W! I think it is perfect for this shot.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (15 Nov 2012):

    Very interesting and fantastic that you got to capture the bird doing the ritual dance to scare off the Downy Woodpecker! You got great details and it is beautiful in B&W!


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (15 Nov 2012):

    Excellent!!! The composition and the DOF are great. So beautiful in b&w.

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