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Northern Flicker Portraits

I often talk about how important light is in bird photography. 

The Northern Flicker in the photos here was photographed with the sun to my back. It just gives that little sparkle in the eye. It illuminates the bird perfect. 

There were some shadows. However, by increasing the shadows in Lightroom it looks pleasing.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

Mountain Chickadees

As the name implies, Mountain Chickadees are usually found in the mountains. 

However, they can also be found as far east in the City of Calgary. The chickadees in this article were photographed in the Rocky Mountains just below the snow line a few days ago.

These birds are not that common even in the mountains. When I found this bird it was part of a group of about six chickadees. They were feeding on the spruce and evergreen trees.

They can be mistaken for the Black-capped Chickadee. The white stripe on the head is the identification mark to look for.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

A Walk Around Our Local Bird Sanuaury

Most urban areas have parks and forested areas to explore. Here in Calgary we are fortunate to have the Inglewood Bird Sanuarury.

The sanuarury is an Important Bird Area for migrating birds. Bird counts are conducted every spring. More than 200 bird species have been recorded there.

In this article are some birds I pphotographed there a couple of days ago. The Wood Ducks are the most popular photographic bird among bird photographers. Springtime is the best time as the ducks are pairing up and oblivious to photographers allowing for some great photographs.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

A Sure Sign Spring is Here

Even when I see American Robins I am not sure Spring is is here.

However, when I see the Song Sparrow singing I know we must be in the Spring Season.

Song Sparrows depend on insects for food. I did see a few flying insects today as I photographed these Song Sparrows singing there heart out hoping to attract a female.

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Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

It's Nest Buiding Time

I saw this Downy Woodpecker craving out an hole today for a nest. The funny thing it was a male. I guess the male gets to do all the work.

Appearently, the male may crave out more than one hole. The female will inspect the hole and decide which hole she likes.

I hope she likes this hole. It will be a treat to see young and it is easy to photograph. It is on the sunny side of the tree in the morning.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.