Monday, January 21, 2013

What's That?!

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Yep, it's a Downy!!!
 
I've been waiting all winter for one of these little guys to show up. The other evening just before sunset, I glanced out the bedroom window, and there he was!

He hopped off the feeder as soon as he heard the camera click,

then made his way up the tree, and flew off.
It was about a 30 second glimpse, but I was thrilled.


 
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56 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i love these little guys. glad you got to see one at your place!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So sweet. You got pictures like that in 30 seconds! I'm really impressed. I can't even move my finger that fast ;>)

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love these little ones, too!! And what great shots you got, Karen!! Thanks for sharing!!

Gary said...

He's a beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Debbie said...

awesome karen....they are so cute!! so happy you got to see him.

that last shot is perfection!!

Carol L McKenna said...

What a beauty and what lovely photography ~ So sweet!

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Pieces of Sunshine said...

You managed to catch some great photos too! How exciting to finally have one come to your place.

Buttons said...

Oh it is beautiful and your camera works:) Yeah Hug B

Ralph said...

The shy avian seemed to know which tree to land in - the one nearest the photographer. Maybe his interest was in showing off his downy feathers and ruby trim. If not, we still enjoy the exploits of this handsome bird!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Amazing colour contrasts in this little character! And love that little red top knot! Looks so cheeky!

Carver said...

Great shots of the downy woodpeckers. They move up and down my trees so fast, I rarely get decent shots of them. You did a great job.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Those little guys are so cute. Glad you got those 3 photos in 30 seconds. It takes me that long to get my camera ready. No wonder I can't capture any birds.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wow! I'd be thrilled too! I've been waiting on ours but so far he's a no-show. You got some really great shots with such a short window of opportunity. Way to go!

Luna Miranda said...

this is a beautiful little bird. terrific shots! glad you captured him.:p

Jeannette StG said...

I can tell, you were prepared! And it was worth the wait:) This one has such a striking pattern on his feathers!

Karen said...

He's beautiful! Love his black and white feathers with that bright pop of red! Great shots!

Joop Zand said...

These woodpeckers are so nice..... i like your pictures Karen.

Greetings, Joop

Liz said...

Cool captures.

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lina@womens perspectives said...

Lovely bird. Perfect captures!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots of the Downy! They are great birds to see at the feeders.

Rajesh said...

Wow! very cute little bird.

EG CameraGirl said...

He'll be back! They are afraid temporarily then get used to humans. :)

Fun60 said...

What great photos you got in such a short space of time.

Gary said...

He's a beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carla Brito said...

So cute!!

Andrea said...

I love the little Downy's. They are so beautiful and cute and really sweet. Once they get used to you being around they can be semi tame. I don't blame you for being thrilled ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Carletta said...

One of the sweetest little guys that come to the feeders. :)
You got some wonderful shots in the short time frame. I like the one of him nestled between the branches. He found the food so I'm sure he'll be back posing for you before long.

i stora drag said...

Very nice photos! You call it a Downy? In swedish we call it hackspett! :)
Greetings Pia

Richard Pegler said...

What a beautiful woodpecker Karen, and superb images! That's also a rather impressive nut feeder you have there!

RedPat said...

Great shot of the handsome creature!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

You gotta wonder how they know the camera's coming out. Maybe thy can hear the ultrasonic focus.

They are a handsome bird.

phylliso said...

You have a beautiful blog!
Living in the forest,you`d think I`d see the downeys alot at my feeder,but they were like yours,shy.They are now used to me,so perhaps in time,they`ll become used to your comings & goings.At any rate,you got alot of nice pictures! I love the squirrel picture too,they are crafty little buggers,but have been good not to get into the feeder much,relying on the corn & apples I put out for the deer.phyllis

mick said...

A beautiful bird and how lucky that he stayed long enough for you to get some photos.

Anni said...

Excellent!!!! I swear, the cutie patootie is best on the last photo, but I LOVE 'EM all Karen. I can see why you've been waiting for him to show up, it's a doll face.

Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot.

Ellie said...

Oh he is a good looking wee bird isn't he - I love the flash of red on his head. :)

HansHB said...

Great photos of a lovely bird!
Well done!

Gina Gao said...

These are amazing pictures! Good job.

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LV said...

A pretty bird captured in all his glorious colors.

Kalantikan said...

I love his position in that 3rd photo, slightly in-between the big trunks. You are so quick with focusing.

Pam ;) said...

You should be thrilled. Fantastic shots of precious cutie. Well done, Karen!

Indrani Ghose said...

Worth the long wait. Such lovely captures. I don't get to see this variety here.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show a woodpecker :)

~~~jennifer~~~ said...

Glad you finally got pics of the woodpecker. They are great! I, too, have waited to finally get the pic of a certain bird. It has usually been worth the wait.

Jidhu Jose said...

WoW..its so cute bird

Nancy Claeys said...

How exciting for you Karen! I'm spoiled -- and see one or two every day it seems.

Pat said...

They are the cutest little birds! Nice shots.

Hailey said...

Very cute little guy! Great pics!

Wally Jones said...

Really nice shots of one of my favorite woodpeckers!
Good job! Hope he returns often for you.

NatureFootstep said...

it is a beautiful pecker and you caught it well. :)

Stewart M said...

What splendid little birds they are.

I was rather pleased with my albatross(es?) I have to say!

Cheers and thanks for the link to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful pics of one of my fave garden friends~

Deanna said...

Love those woodpeckers, such a delight!!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh looked like he was posing for you. I know it is such a thrill when you see a visitor you've been dying to see. I am sure he won't be alone in his visits for long. Thank you for posting to Nature Notes Karen.. Michelle

Andaje said...

WOW you seized the opportunity and got great shots

Me said...

Awsome! Finally some woodpecker shots. There great.

Valerie said...

Thanks for sharing your great images and excitement, Karen - delightful!