Little Bigger Birdies


The last post was the little birdies.  This post is sharing birdies a little bigger.  🙂


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Belted Kingfisher


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Gray Catbird


I’ve only captured one Eastern Meadowlark once before, one photo.  So this was a treat to capture several photos with two, then a bit later one of them in flight.


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Eastern Meadowlarks


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Eastern Meadowlark


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Eastern Meadowlark in flight


And finally, another special treat, having a Northern Flicker posing beautifully for me shortly after sunrise.  He spoiled me with wonderful photos. 


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Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted male)


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Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted male)


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Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted male)


If you’re not familiar with this woodpecker and wondered ‘where’s the yellow’, the next photo gives you a peek at the yellow under his tail.


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Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted male)


Once in flight, the Northern Flicker shares his fabulous yellow!


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Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted male) in flight


There are two races of Northern Flickers in North America:  the yellow-shafted shared above that lives in the eastern half, and the red-shafted of the western half.  I’ve never seen the red-shafted, I bet that blaze of red in flight is stunning too!


52 thoughts on “Little Bigger Birdies

  1. Wow, look at all that bright yellow underneath! What a stunner. And I thought the Eastern meadowlark looked amazing with its yellow! Great capture Donna. 🙂

  2. That northern flicker is beautiful! I don’t think I ever seen one before, much less the spectacular yellow shaft and underwings. Great pictures! We have lots of gray catbirds here, we see and hear them all the time. Love the portrait you got of yours.

    • Thank you, Barbara! I’ve never had a flicker sit so still for me before. 🙂 The catbird was a great surprise too, they are so secretive hiding. Someone had rushed past me on the trail and flushed this catbird out on to a branch right in front of me. Perfect! I’ve never had one so close to me before in full display.

    • The one posing at sunrise was such a treat, I’ve never had one sit still like that. I saw the other flicker another day, I couldn’t even keep up with him with my lens so I just watched him go from tree to tree, the flash of yellow each time was so pretty!

  3. Very nice Donna! Nice to see some of the smaller birds! One of my favorites to photograph is the yellow-shafted Northern Flicker! I used to have quite a few in my old yard. Somewhere I have a video of them doing their “courting dance” which was fun to see!

    • Thank you, Mike! It was a treat for me. My first shots were at a greater distance. I’d move closer, take more, then closer…and closer. Loved that bird and thanked him as I walked away very happy!

      • That’s funny – I do that too! I say thank you to the butterflies that stay put and sometimes even move into position so that the shot is with them facing away. (I think they look better that way – so I do rotate the images sometimes). They obviously realise that we’re no threat. 😊

  4. Wow, what a pleasure to peruse these photos, Donna. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a meadow lark, might be our topography? We’re mostly wooded hills and not many pastures anymore.
    Love those flicker shots, handsome guy! I’ve noticed quite a few migrating through this week. Migration seems to be the only time I see them.

  5. A Catbird and Eastern Meadowlarks are still on my list. I LOVE your Northern Flicker images. What a nice bird to greet you first thing in the morning and be so kind as to pose for you too! That would make my day. 😀

  6. A Catbird and Eastern Meadowlarks are still on my list. I LOVE your Northern Flicker images. What a nice bird to greet you first thing in the morning and be so kind as to pose for you too! That would make my day. 😀

    • Thank you, I’ve not seen the Western Meadowlark yet, I hope to some day. I was looking at their differences, they’re almost identical, but their song is completely different.

  7. Gorgeous photos, I love seeing all the yellow under the wings. I have never seen this bird in person. It is so nice to look at others photos taken on nice bright sunny days as these are, when it is rainy and cold where I am. Wonderful photos.

  8. We have the kingfishers down by the creek, but they’re a bit too wary to catch in photos. We had the Western Meadowlarks in our yard in Utah. Loved to hear them sing. I’ve only seeing the western (red) version of flickers here in Oregon. They used to tap on the siding of the first house we lived in here in Oregon. Woke me up way too early.

    Your Yellow-shafted male posed so nicely for you! Great shooting there, Donna… as always!

    • Thanks much, Gunta! As much as we love birds, tapping or in-full song way too early in the morning, it just doesn’t sit too well if it’s often. hehe Gotta still love them though, especially when they finally stop! 😉

      • OMG! LOL! You know, I typed that at 3:00am and didn’t even catch that I rhymed. As I was typing, my sleepy head was thinking “underpants” but, the fingers typed out knickers. *facepalm*

        Seriously…that was completely unintentional. I’m sitting hear giggling at myself. That’s what I get for being up so late. *sigh*

        Life with a retired cop that loved 3rd shift.

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