Juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker in Summit CountyJuvenile Red-naped Sapsucker in Summit County – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 320, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The bad weather here has given me cabin fever so last night I looked through my archives and enjoyed some images from brighter, warmer days and came across this juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker image from my first camping trip to Utah’s high Uintas in Summit County. The campsite was in a wooded area that felt peaceful, had a view of the Bear River and through the trees I could see mountain tops and fluffy clouds. The air was cool in the mornings but warm in the afternoon.

This juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker was busy foraging for insects on several trees at the camp site one day and came quite close at times. It was a lifer bird for me to photograph and even now I get excited about that.

I’m not excited by the weather outside which is cloudy and wet once again. I’m thinking of spring, more birds and camping this morning.