Juvenile Red-naped SapsuckerJuvenile Red-naped Sapsucker – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/180, ISO 320, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

This juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker image was taken on my first camping trip in the high Uintas in Summit County, Utah not far from Christmas Meadows. I heard a noise and looked up to see this immature bird clinging to a conifer well within range of my 200-400mm lens.

The campsite was close to the Bear River where I could hear the breeze in the tall trees and willows as I fell asleep at night. I’d lived as a flatlander in Florida for far too long so it was truly a delight to be back in the mountains with crisp air and fresh water where I didn’t have to worry about Alligators lurking near to the shoreline.

It was an awesome location for my first camping trip in Utah!