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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Hey! What's making all that noise?

I was about ot drive out to the mailbox today when I heard a different call from bird outside. I grabbed the camera when I saw it was a woodpecker. "The Gila!" I said to myself when I saw him heading towards the Saguaro. I mindlessly snapped a number of frames of him watching me intently from his hole, ready to take wing as soon as my attention waivered.
As I was preparing this image to post, I noticed that the markings on this bird were definitely not that of a Gila, which sent me scrammbling for my Peterson's _Western Birds_.
Sure enough, there it is. My first Gilded Flicker,
I haven't felt like this since I moved from New York to Florida, new birds to be discovered daily! Canon 20D - 1/3200th, 300mm @ f/5.6, ISO 800


Blogger CameraDawktor said...

Congratulations! I love the fact that those pricly cactuses can be a home for anything...let alone a bird!

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