Sunday and Monday I wrote that I had spent time at the Magical Sapsucker Tree and that the Northern Flicker was working on enlarging the old sapsucker hole so I thought I would share a few images of the male Northern Flicker I photographed yesterday. The flicker was inside the cavity when we drove up and within a few seconds he left the tree. This is him emerging from the cavity.
And here he is arriving back at the nesting cavity, this is the same nesting cavity I photographed the Williamson’s Sapsuckers at last year. Until yesterday morning the flicker had been sort of shy but that might be because the Mountain Bluebirds dive bomb it when it appears. Yesterday he didn’t let them deter him or his excavation so I got great views and images of him.
Most of the images I took of the Northern Flicker were using FX (full frame) mode without my teleconverter because I was hoping to catch him flying off but the only times I had that opportunity was before I removed my TC and switched to FX mode so I clipped the flicker’s head off. Maybe I will get another chance for flight shots of this handsome woodpecker. The detail in this 36.1 megapixel fill frame file with the teleconverter on is outstanding and I can see that even on my lap top. I can’t wait to see the file on my larger monitor.
And the title of this post came from the activity shown in this image. I could hear the Northern Flicker excavating inside the nesting cavity and when he would stop he would appear at the entrance with a bill full of shavings and forcefully eject them from the cavity. The wood chips would go flying in all directions and then he would go back and get more to throw out.
I hated to leave the tree but my stomach was rumbling and the light was getting high. I wish the morning light lasted all day long.
I am having an exceptional time photographing the birds in and around the Magical Sapsucker Tree. I am not sure I want to go home until all the nesting, brooding and chick rearing is done. I’m gobsmacked by the flurry of activity there.
Life. Is. Good.