Pete's Stuff

Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel. Or Something.

I was at Riverbend Nature Center today for the second MNOC event of the season. It's a great venue - it has a large, well appointed visitor center with a variety of inside displays, most oriented towards kids. Like many similar locations, there's a whole raft of bird feeders hanging just outside the window, and several chairs and set of binoculars just inside. So it wasn't hard to break out the latest camera gear, kick back with my feet up (well, that was partially to be able to steady the camera against my knee), and start taking pictures in ease and comfort.

A male cardinal.

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Next, a pair of downy woodpeckers. These are fairly small for woodpeckers, but that wasn't a problem in this situation. The male has a bright red cap, and the female doesn't, but otherwise they are similarly patterned.

A male downy woodpecker.

Female downy woodpecker.

You can never predict what a bird's going to do. They move really fast. This next exposure is 1/1,250th of a second, and the little guy is still faster than that.

Taking flight.

The White-Breasted Nuthatch normally eats insects on or under tree bark.

All nuthatches have little compunction about pointing their heads and bodies in any conceivable direction while foraging on tree trunks. Here's one upside down on a tall cylindrical feeder.

Did I ever mention that birds have really ugly feet?