“Afternoon Nuthatch”

“Afternoon Nuthatch”

“December is full of the beauty of Light and love we can bring into our life.You can chose to be stressed or you can choose to let the small stuff go and be peaceful this Holiday season. It really is a choice you make.”
― Eileen Anglin

As I said earlier this week, it looks like I’ve gone to the birds. I’m pretty much a photo-opportunist and tend to move back and forth between subjects and styles from time to time, depending on what presents itself. Given the abundance of birds at our feeders lately, I simply could not help myself in documenting all the species present. The weekend started with Juncos and Cardinals. Today brought about Downy Woodpeckers and Nuthatches. As you can see, from all the tracks and shells around the dish, it’s been a busy place!

The nuthatches are curious birds and I seldom see them right side up. Usually i see them on my hikes, glancing at me while perched upside down on a tree trunk. It would appear that they will make exceptions if seeds are offered. This one, and her male companion (to be shared at a later date) kept coming back and gave many opportunities for nice images.

Birds, especially the small ones tend to be very skittish and move rapidly, often leaving me with a partially blurred image as they twitch and fidget. However, getting to just the right sunflower seed seems to slow them down a bit. So, despite the ‘dullish’ weather on this year’s winter solstice, a bit of brightness has graced my back deck and given me the enjoyment of watching our little friends flutter and feed.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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24 Comments on ““Afternoon Nuthatch”

  1. Where is the image of three flowered stems that shows up as cover image of this post? That looks quite nice!

  2. Ahh, the nuthatch! I admire your patience. They dart so quickly from tree to feeder, I can’t imagine how you capture them in photos.

  3. Great shots!
    White Nuthatch visit me quite often and aren’t afraid of me. I now have 2 red breasted that also visit. They are my least skiddish birds at my feeder, worst begin my cardinal.

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