The Decision.

Yesterday, I had the joy of watching, and capturing a young male Downy Woodpecker, perched in the Lilac, making the portentous decision to invade the finch filled feeder tray. I was lucky enough to get the start of the takeoff, but missed the flight, in spite of continuous shooting. Click for full size!

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35 Degrees South: Wild Parrots.

From Lofty, who says: Parrots out in the wild are of course wary of humans and very quick to fly out of camera range. With my zoom maxxed out I actually framed my first two parrots, a Crimson Rosella high up a tree at home and two Galahs hiding near a grass patch.  I need to practice more… Yep, when it comes to dinosaurs, practice,practice, practice! I’d be pretty excited to see wild parrots. Click for full size!

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A Greed of Goldfinches.

Also, an anguished fucking climate change! For a few brief days, the weather here was unseasonably warm, and there were actual bare spots of ground to be seen here and there. It was enough to trick the Lilac into budding prematurely. The snow came back, and with it, freezing weather. All the noise about an hour ago prompted me to look out my studio window, where there were many goldfinches gorging themselves on the buds. Click for full size.

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