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Blending in the Foliage

Blending in the Foliage
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-22
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/11, 1/45 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Small bird, big World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-26 11:49
Viewed: 3168
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I walked by this Northern Flicker (Colaptes aurayus) several times before I noticed him. My eyes were on a porcupine that was so large that the branch he rested on was sagging. Also, as often is the case, my dog was tethered to me by a rope.

When he spotted several ground squirrels, he made a mad dash toward them (supposedly to herd them into a group), forgetting I was attached to him. As he dashed, I tripped and he didn't get a chance to round up the ground squirrels, but my low vantage point (on the ground...), I spotted this male woodpecker.

This was taken at sunset without a filter. I wanted to creep closer, but I had a dog who still wanted to round up the ground squirrels, no tripod, and clouds that were starting to gather.

I took several shots and this is one of the better ones. Although bruised, had it not been for my dog, I never would've spotted him!

I still consider a positive day: The ground squirrels remained unmolested, and I got to see a woodpecker I otherwise would've missed. For all the escapades my dog gets me into, thanks to him, I see things I miss. Still, I do need to work harder on those behavior issues...

(Believe it or not, when he's in his working vest, he doesn't pull these stunts!)

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I am sure lucky to have you with me online...and I am sure TN does well with you as so...TN has been rather slow as a number of folks are out of town or taken vacations and such....I have noticed..

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-04-27 11:38]

Tell your dog thanks for giving you the opportunity to capture this flicker in it's natural surroundings.
You did a fine job capturing him, and you can always go for the porcupine and squirrels at a later date.
Nice sharp image with very nice natural colours.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-29 10:08]

Hello Kathy

An interesting look at this flicker.
The shot has a lovely colour palette.
Well captured in a natural environment.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-29 20:31]

Hello Kathy,
I too have a pair of dogs that both hinder and help when taking photos. Nothing like trying to get a capture when their attention is on something else. Your low point of view here is great for us, but for you not so good. Your great camera work has capture wonderful colors and details, thanks Kathy.

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