Monday, October 26, 2009

The one who would not sit still.

A flicker was angrily keering and flapping around the woodlot. I expected it was angry at a raptor of some sort, but it was the one above that had it irked, the one who would not sit still long enough for a photo.

This one. This was the best of about 40 shots I took, chasing it from tree to tree. It was a dark day and a dark woodlot, and shutter speeds were slow, slower than the swing of a woodpecker's head. Yet I clicked, again and again, until I had to run. I still get very excited about Pileated Woodpeckers.

This was probably the worst.

5 comments:

Coastcard said...

You may not feel that the lowest pic. is your best but it is a very textural image (esp. when I clicked on it to enlarge) - like a Mohair wool tapestry or collage!

Hugh said...

Coastcard, I can see that, now that you mention it. Part of what adds to the texture is the chain-link fence behind the stump & bird.

spinyurchin said...

Nice!!! They do insist on appearing in dim, dark undergrowth lighting with no concern for the photographer.

Karen said...

I would have chased that one around too, and probably not gotten any pics as good as yours. Why was the flicker mad, territorial or ??

Hugh said...

Karen, I would guess territorial, but I'm not sure.