Monday, November 29, 2010

If at first you don't succeed

A couple of weeks ago I was looking out the window and spotted a new bird at the tree in front yard. I ran for my camera, turned it on, pointed and it was gone. I waited and I watched but it didn't come back. Why of why don't I leave the camera by the window?
Well he came back this week and I got a little luckier this time.


I have to use my old camera to zoom in enough on them and I have to shoot through the window. They aren't the best pictures but they are good enough that you can tell what he is. I was so excited when I got these I couldn't wait to share them with you.

33 comments:

Sandee said...

He was posing for you too. Just saying. How fun.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

Molly Smith said...

What a strange marking on the bird (of course I don't know what it is) and I love the true red head! I think your photos are fabulous, Ann! Clear as a bell and the close ups are great! I hope the bird hangs around for you to watch for a while! hugs from Texas :)

Donna said...

What a lovely flicker! It is a type of woodpecker. We have them around here too! Every now and then they will go to a feeder. But they are really looking for grubs and insects rather than seeds.

livintheblues said...

well done Ann the pics turned out well..persistence does pay off....:)

Anny said...

You sure am lucky this time... :) Them birds are too fast for me here... lovely one you caught.

Grace said...

You're always finding strange critters in your yard!

Lin said...

Oooh, it's a flicker! They make really loud, obnoxious noises too! GREAT photos!

Whimcees said...

Hello!

It's a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, right? I found this for you to check http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Article.aspx?ContentID=49760&r_d=y

Great photos! Well worth the wait! Wishing you a fun day tomorrow!

Barbara Diane

SUGANTHI said...

I am so glad you have shared these pictures the colours in the first one is too good.

BeadedTail said...

He's a very pretty bird! I've never seen a flicker before but have heard them pounding on the side of my boss's house back in Colorado. I had no idea that loud thing was so pretty!

Ginny said...

A woodpecker! And you got some great close-up pictures. I'm so glad he came back!! I keep my camera in the kitchen by the window. But even then, sometimes I'm not fast enough!

Ann Nichols said...

What do you mean not good pictures!! I think they're amazing! Birds are so hard to capture on film but this you did with this little guy!!
Well done and thanks so much for sharing!!
Blessings!
Ann

FishHawk said...

It is a kind of a woodpecker, but I can't remember which one. I do remember seeing a lot of them back when I would still take a gander or two outside. By the way, was Duke licking his lips?

Anne said...

I know nothing about birds but he is very handsome. He has very exotic markings.

Catherine said...

Why is our camera always in the wrong place and the wrong time!! That is some fancy bird house (feeder?) that that bird is at. What bird wouldn't want to come for a visit there??? :) Fun photos!

Happy Tuesday Ann!
xo Catherine

Russ said...

Great pictures Ann. It looks like it is looking for grubs or insects. I would say woodpecker. If you want to see more, hang some suet.They love it.

Miawa said...

He's beautiful and you got great shots, I want a new camera - Waa!

Yuenie said...

I don't really know much about birds, but it's awesome that you got such nice pictures of him! =) They seldom stay still for photos, unfortunately. He must have been posing for you =)

Yuenie.

Duni said...

Oh! a woodpecker! I have yet to spot one here. Great shots!

Sandra said...

god bless our zoom lens. i find if i leave the zoom on the kitchen table, ready and waiting for days and days NOTHING comes, if i move it in the bedroom all kinds of birds show up. like a hawk in our tree eating a dove. yuck. pretty litte woodpecker and you did get it good. they are reall hard to get,

Shinade said...

Oh I love woodpeckers. Thanks for waiting and getting the shots!:-)

allotments4you said...

I think they are some great shots Ann...and what a lovely healthy bird you have visiting!!

Out on the prairie said...

If you heard its call you would remember to look each time you hear them.I like to watch them but they come and go fast on a feeder.

Country Mouse Studio said...

Great shots, ours around here are camera shy too :O)

Donna said...

Never seen one!!! How beautiful for a woodpecker!!
hughugs

B Boys Mom said...

What a pretty bird. I think it's a woodpecker of some kind.

Erika said...

I see those silly little woodpeckers here as well. Now if only I can get to be as lucky as you and get one photographed.

Marg said...

That is a great picture of that Red-headed woodpecker. He is sure pretty isn't he. What fun for him to come visit you. Hope you have a nice evening.

Michelle said...

Great pictures of the bird..It's great when you can get a shot of animals.

Ann said...

sandee, I believe he was, I should have thanked him :)

molly thanks, I hope he visits often as well. I like watching them out there

donna this is the first year I've seen him out there, it was a thrill

livintheblues yes it does :)

anny they are fast, too fast for me most days

grace well as long as they don't ask to come in and spend the winter I don't mind

lin hmm, good thing my hearing isn't so good....lol

whimcees some kind of woodpecker. I think you're link looks like a match though

suganthi glad you enjoyed it

beaded tail this is the first year I've seen this bird, must be we're putting the right stuff out this time.

ginny I just wish I had a better lens for this on my good camera, I'm sure I could get clearer shots

Ann, aww, you're too kind. glad to share any pictures I get

fishhawk believe it or not Duke doesn't seem to pay much attention to all the birds or the squirrels out there

anne I'm just sort of learning as I go along with the birds. I've never had such variety

catherine don't ask me, I think it likes to play games with me and moves itself...lol

russ It didn't spend much time on that feeder it was mostly on the tree

miawa I want a new lens for my camera...lol

yuenie tell me about it I have a heck of a time capturing them

duni thanks, I was thrilled that I got him this time

sandra i have to resort to the zoom on the point and shoot. one of these days I'm gonna get another lens for my sony

shinade you are most welcome. I was thrilled to do it

allotments4you I just hope he likes it around here and keeps coming back

out on the prairie I have a hard enough time trying to figure out what they are let alone recognize their calls

country mouse studio I swear they hear me coming through the window. they take off the minute I get the camera raised

donna first time I've seen one myself

b boys mom I believe you are right. I thought he was quite pretty myself

erika this was a first for me. he may have been coming around before but I was just too busy to pay attention

marg he sure is. and it was fun to watch him

Ann said...

Michelle. thanks, yes and it feels like such an accomplishment to finally succeed

ManOverBoard.com said...

More gorgeous pics. Lucky Duke has a nice winter coat :-)

Ann said...

ManOverBoard, thank you. Yes Duke is quite the lucky guy

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