Golden-fronted Woodpecker and more


Since we had better weather for a couple of days we have been to our local parks a couple of times.  Today, Saturday, of course, the weather has changed, getting cooler then downright cold for the next six days or so.  Anyway, I managed to get a few photos of some of the smaller birds, plus a pretty nice shot of a Great Blue Heron.  I will show them here starting with three images of a Golden-fronted Woodpecker, which I think is one the most photogenic of that species.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

This Savannah Sparrow flew from a tree into the edge of the water.  It is one of my better shots of one of these.  It usually is difficult to get such close-ups of them.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

The same goes for the American Goldfinches such as the one pictured below.  I was lucky with this image.  The bird was in dense brush, inside a fence line.  I think I took 30 shots, before I got one that showed nearly the whole bird in focus.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

There was still a lot of water standing in the roadways and this Western Meadowlark decided that it wasn’t too cold for a bath.

Western Meadowlark - taking a bath

Western Meadowlark – taking a bath

I have always had difficulty getting decent photos of swans.  Usually the ones around here are on open water, making getting good compositions hard to come by.  Also there is the problem of getting the exposure good because of the whiteness of the feathers.  I believe this image of the two Mute Swans is a bit more interesting with the rocks in the background.

Mute Swans

Mute Swans

What can I say about the Great Blue Herons.  I always enjoy trying to get interesting images of them.  We ate at the ‘Golden Arches’ for breakfast early Thursday morning.  It was cold, drizzly, and a bit dark.  When we left the restaurant, Ann noticed the heron in the little arroyo adjacent to the parking lot.  Of course, I just happened to have my camera in the car, so I got it out and managed to get several images in the very low light.  I like the photo especially the way the wet weather saturated the colors.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Click on any of these images to see enlargements.

By the way, I still have copies of my highly acclaimed book, “Birds, Beasts and Buttes”, available.  To order autographed copies, contact me at bobzeller1@aol.com.

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37 thoughts on “Golden-fronted Woodpecker and more

  1. A wonderful series! My favorite is the golden-fronted woodpecker; I saw my first at Rio-Bentsen State Park in May (I’m from Utah – they’re hard to find up here!). Your great photos bring back wonderful memories, and hopes that I’ll see them again one day!

  2. You’re so right about the exposure problem with the swans. I tried to photograph some the other week and they came out completely blown out. I suppose it makes them look sort of ethereal, but it was definitely not my aim!

  3. Love them all..the Gold Fronted Woodpecker is such a handsome bird, and I love the Western Meadowlark..but the little Savannah Sparrow is priceless. they are all fabulous.

  4. The woodpecker pics are amazing, Bob – don’t know which one I like best. Such beautiful plumage! The western meadowlark looks a bit offended at you taking a photo of him in the bath. I hope you asked his permission!

  5. Too right on the photogenic! The girls just went to open the iBird app to hear his call. You’ll have to get some pileated shots if you ever come out east. They’re real posers too…and so prestigious. (Pop over when you get a minute…you can be the first to see the new digs. Will post on Monday. Tee hee!)

    • I have a great friend in Knoxville, TN, and she just e-mailed me a couple shots of some Pileated that she and her husband got. They are amazing and beautiful birds. I’ll check you out. 🙂

    • They’re out around Lake Nasworthy, but they don’t stay in the same spots. Sometimes they are around that little marina by Mary Lee park, and sometimes you have to drive around Fishermen’s Road. There are five of them, sometimes together, and sometimes they are scattered all over. 🙂

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