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“Nuthatch Smile”

“Nuthatch Smile”

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”
― Maya Angelou

I posted a nuthatch image a few weeks ago bt could not resist this one, sitting at my impromptu feeder (the base of a flower pot).

Birds have been very active lately and I’ve started to put seeds out on a regular basis for them, between squirrel invasions 😦

It’s odd for me, seeing a nuthatch sitting like this. When I see them in the forest, they are always hanging upside down, as the walk up and down the tree trunks in search of food, and I wonder if it feels odd to them to be right side up?

Anyways, this one sat still for me for a few seconds before darting off again and the soft light was just right to light him up. There’s a beautiful reflection in his eye and he does seem to have a mischievous smile, thus the title of the image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Afternoon Nuthatch”

“Afternoon Nuthatch”

“December is full of the beauty of Light and love we can bring into our life.You can chose to be stressed or you can choose to let the small stuff go and be peaceful this Holiday season. It really is a choice you make.”
― Eileen Anglin

As I said earlier this week, it looks like I’ve gone to the birds. I’m pretty much a photo-opportunist and tend to move back and forth between subjects and styles from time to time, depending on what presents itself. Given the abundance of birds at our feeders lately, I simply could not help myself in documenting all the species present. The weekend started with Juncos and Cardinals. Today brought about Downy Woodpeckers and Nuthatches. As you can see, from all the tracks and shells around the dish, it’s been a busy place!

The nuthatches are curious birds and I seldom see them right side up. Usually i see them on my hikes, glancing at me while perched upside down on a tree trunk. It would appear that they will make exceptions if seeds are offered. This one, and her male companion (to be shared at a later date) kept coming back and gave many opportunities for nice images.

Birds, especially the small ones tend to be very skittish and move rapidly, often leaving me with a partially blurred image as they twitch and fidget. However, getting to just the right sunflower seed seems to slow them down a bit. So, despite the ‘dullish’ weather on this year’s winter solstice, a bit of brightness has graced my back deck and given me the enjoyment of watching our little friends flutter and feed.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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