A couple of Pileated Woodpeckers came to visit again

31 10 2009

Mrs Dragonspeed shot this video of Mr and Mrs Pileated as they came by to visit just the other day…

Notice how Mr Pileated apparently wants more than my suet and takes a chunk out of my railing!!! 😦

My pileated friend is back!

30 10 2009
If you get tired of seeing this guy – just shout 🙂

These were shot with the 70-200… Love that nice narrow DOF!
Clicking on each shot will bring you to a LARGER version that is decidely nicer in sharpness/colour.

Woodpecker Saturday

17 10 2009

I was away for a week, resulting in some hungry birds apparently in the neighbourhood.  Once I refilled the feeder and the suet cage things were hopping!
4 different woodpeckers came by today.  I got some shots of 3 of them:
Pileated male:
pileated woodpecker birds Burnaby BC Canada
Pileated male grabbing a bite (and dwarfing my suet cage):
pileated woodpecker birds Burnaby BC Canada
Male Northern Flicker (red-shafted):
Northern redshafted Flicker birds Burnaby BC Canada
Hairy woodpecker (a first time shot for me):
woodpecker hairy birds Burnaby BC Canada

My pileated friend came back!

21 09 2009

This morning, I was checking on the feeder and I noticed my pileated friend from last week was back.  She was hopping along my fence and pecking away (Great – if this keeps up I’ll need a new fence  😉 ) I managed to get the balcony door open so that the glass wouldn’t be in the way of my shot this time.  She hopped up onto the railing and then we proceeded to have a staring contest.  She looked at me, I looked at her.  Neither of us daring to move in the hope that the other wouldn’t do anything rash.   After what felt like an eternity (actually probably about 30 seconds) she decided that the feeder was just too tempting and that I wasn’t the big threat to her…  I slowly lifted the camera and then it happened… the indicator flashed and flashed… too dark!  What???  I was shooting using Auto ISO.  Apparently I needed more than 1600 for the morning light with the 100-400.  Urghh… cursed F/5.6  Why could I not afford a 400 f/2.8???  Oh yeah. This is why. Sigh.  I carefully moved my fingers and ramped up the ISO to 3200 and managed a few shots before she had had enough of the glamour life. Here’s the best of today’s shoot (click on it for the big version – birghter – nicer…):
pileated woodpecker feeder Burnaby BC Canada

Also, sitting quietly in the fir tree to the back was a lovely Northern Flicker who was more or less patiently waiting for his turn at the feeder.

It’s one of the few times I’ve managed to shoot the flicker in the tree!  Unfortunately the tree was even darker than the feeder.  I got this guy at ISO 6400.  A little Noise Ninja cleaned him right up nicely though:
NorthernFlicker Flicker Bird redshafted Burnaby BC Canada

I think they’re starting to like hanging around.  I also think I saw the first Junco of the winter today. I KNOW the pine siskins and the towhees are back already.  Winter in this area really brings a lot of interesting birds around.

The woodpecker and the birdfeeder…

18 09 2009

I need to convince this guy gal to come in the afternoons -it’s getting WAY too dark to shoot in the mornings… ISO 1600 and 3200.  Nice to see a new visitor to the feeder.

The pileated woodpecker is the largest of the woodpeckers that live in our area. This gal (just learned – black stripe at mouth = female) comes swooping in and with that angular look and long black back it looks a bit like a vampire… to me at least it does.
1. Landing for food

2. When you’re this heavy the little cage on the feeder closes on you. She tried a few pecks at the plastic… not so successful.

3. After some careful studying she realized that there was a small opening still available.

4. Success – sometimes it’s not so easy being big… hard work for some small seeds.

I hope that as the winter goes on she’ll become more tolerant of my photography. I had to shoot through the door for these… Once I opened it – she was GONE

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