Juvenile Red-naped Sapsucker in the high Uintas

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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!



  1. Bryce Robinson March 2, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Wow what a cool bird! I love the photo too!

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks Bryce, it was a cool bird!

  2. Rohrerbot March 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Mia!!! I’m still here. Just been a crazy birder:)Nice close up shot of this difficult bird to get on camera:) They always seem to know when you’re trying to take a picture of them:) It’s a constant game swirling around the tree for that shot:)

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Chris, I have been loving following your birding adventures! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Julie G. March 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time on your first Utah camping trip. I have never seen one of these woodpeckers before, so it especially nice to view your fantastic photograph.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Julie, it was a wonderful first camping trip.

  4. Jane Chesebrough March 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    That is a nice sound to fall asleep to and love being woken up by the Townsend’s Solitaires and Veery’s.Like the photo haven’t seen a sapsucker for some time.

  5. Tami March 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Love the contrasting colors in this, Mia. And juvenile birds are just so cute…

  6. Prairie Birder March 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Lovely photo, sapsuckers are always so fun to watch!

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Charlotte, I think so too.

  7. Sherry in MT March 1, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Hmm interesting, I don’t believe I’ve seen a sapsucker in these parts. Something to look for now! Great shot too as most of those little puppies are fast.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Sherry, I looked that the range maps and it seems that in western and southwestern Montana there are Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers. Thanks for your comment.

  8. Beverly Everson March 1, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Wonderful shot! Sounds like a great time.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks Beverly, it was an awesome time.

  9. M. Firpi March 1, 2013 at 6:28 am

    This is a new species to me. So not only the caterpillars go for sap. I know what you mean about the gators. Even at the Viera wetlands you had to be careful. But they’re reptiles, so they’re at home there. Today I’m going back to check on the cocoons today, but they can come out so quickly there’s no telling I’ll be able to shoot it.

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      We have a variety of sapsuckers on the mainland, you can see Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in Florida Maria.

  10. eric c11 March 1, 2013 at 5:48 am

    beautifull capture, normaly the juvenile arent too wild for the observation
    have a nice week end mia ☼

    • Mia McPherson March 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you Eric, this young one didn’t mind our presence at all, it seemed to only focus on finding food.

  11. Bob Bushell March 1, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Superb woodpecker type photo.

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