White- Breasted Nuthatch on the Suet Block

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedDecember 9, 2012
TakenDecember 9, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D7000
Exposure1/100 sec at f/16
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
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The birds of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.Psalm 104:12

Here is some information from my Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of America:

Nuthatches (Family Sittidae) are short-tailed birds that walk up, down, and around tree trunks and limbs. They nest in holes in trees. Common in leafy forest, also thrives in parks and suburbs with big trees.

Visits bird feeders for sunflower seeds or suet. In winter, often travels in flocks with chickadees and other birds. All white face and chest, set off by narrow black (or dark gray) crown stripe. Can show much orange-brown on lower belly. Voice: nasal notes, slow yaank, yaank, and fast wahwahwahwahwah.
As you notice today we are having snow and lots of it...It is still coming down this afternoon..It was almost up to my knees on our walking trail late this afternoon.

I went outside to take pictures of the nuthatch as the window was too fogged up from condensation to shoot through it. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to gradually move this close with only using my 18- 105mm lens. However, I had to walk very softly and slowly with no sudden movements until I gained its confidence..

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  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (9 Dec 2012):

    Lovely...be careful with all your snow!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (9 Dec 2012):

    Glad you braved the cold to get a nice up-close shot of this fellow! I like the seed in his mouth.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (9 Dec 2012):

    this is so beautiful! i hope you're able to get some of these shots from inside thru the window. we don't get snow, but have had plenty of rain so far.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (9 Dec 2012):

    Wonderful shot!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (9 Dec 2012):

    Snow is a rarity here and when we get it, it does not stay for long. So I especially love seeing the snow scenes and the ones with the birds in them are the best. Super excellent shot of this White-Breasted Nuthatch and the information on it.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (10 Dec 2012):

    Such a sweet and excellent capture

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (10 Dec 2012):

    so cute! has a morsel in her beak.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (10 Dec 2012):

    Fantastic capture of one of my favorite birds!! I appreciate the info on their call, I really never know quite how to describe their unusual sound..

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (10 Dec 2012):

    We have a few of these guys here at home. They are fun to watch.Nice catch!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (11 Dec 2012):

    Oh my....you really are getting the snow! We've been lucky (I can say that as a non-skier!!) to have not gotten any really big storms yet. Our time will come, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts! What a terrific shot of the nuthatch!!

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