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Different Sides of a Downy Woodpecker

I couple of days ago I came across this Female Downy Woodpecker excavating a hole for a nest in a dead tree.


When I first saw the woodpecker I did not like the light (Right Photo). The light around the bird was too bright and distracted from the bird itself. As we know you can't do much about the light.


However, in this case, I could change my position and take the chance the bird was going to carry on excavating and not be bothered by my presence.


I took the chance to move to the other side of the tree very slowly as not to disturb the bird. I finally got to the other side of the tree and noticed the light in the background was better. I continued for a while to photograph the bird (Left Photo). The light was still the same, but now I had a tree blocking the light. In my opinion a much better photograph.


Photographed with a Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm Lens, handheld full zoom.

Shorebirds Are Migrating

I have been waiting for the shorebirds to Migrate through Alberta. This week has been a great week with many of the Northern Shore Birds stopping to refresh before their long leg to the northern nesting grounds.


Some will not migrate any further. The Wilson's Phalarope, for example, will settle down and nest in the local sloughs.


It is possible all of the birds in this article may nest in the local sloughs, but I would suspect the Semipalmated Sandpiper and the Least Sandpiper will keep on migrating north. The Short-billed Dowitcher may stay, but I suspect the large flocks I have seen will keep on moving North also.

Funny Tree Swallow

I watched two tree Swallows deciding on whether a hole in a tree was good enough or not. The male was happy, but the female sat on top of the dead tree and did not look impressed with the selection.


As a matter of fact, I think the male was trying to entice the female to come and check it out. Look like he was bagging her to take a look.