Red-Bellied Woodpecker

 

 

After a 20 cm (8 “) snowfall yesterday I glimpsed the red-bellied woodpecker at the feeder today.

We regularly get cardinals, chickadees, juncos, house sparrows, winter-faded American goldfinches, rose-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches, downy and hairy woodpeckers. A few blue jays this year have been around and the “red-bellied” seems to appear after snowstorms mainly.

I didn’t dare open the patio door (that scared it last time) or run for a bigger lens and patiently waited, while others like the female cardinal took turns. for less than ten minutes for it to come back while smaller birds had their turn.

I had the A-6000 and used the old 18-55 zoom from my old NEX-5N set on continuous shooting (mid speed) and captured the last two as it flew away:

 

All photos were taken at f/8, ISO 100 and 1/125.

Birding Season Soon!

Though they stay through the winter we don’t regularly see this bird at our feeder, but he was there today. I spooked him when approaching the patio door to the back yard. He returned later to our maple tree, where he was when I took these through our dining room bay window “hiding” behind our 46-year-old, oft-pruned lemon “tree,” grown from seed in 1972 as a fun thing to show our first two children.

The above were taken with my Sony A-6000 and its (55-210 mm) lens fully zoomed using medium speed continuous shooting at 1/1250 s and f/13. Never could have done that in the really old days with Kodachrome-25 film!!

A great way to get motivated to look for the first kinglets and warblers – later this month…