High Key Northern Flicker Image

High Key Northern FlickerHigh Key Northern Flicker – Nikon D810, f10, 1/800, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 700mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

My favorite image from photographing yesterday at Farmington Bay WMA is this high key Northern Flicker image taken near Glover’s Pond. Glover’s Pond is on the west side of Glover’s Lane not far from the old Great Salt Lake Nature Center.

The pond was frozen over yesterday and the ice was covered in snow and that snow is what is behind the flicker and gave this image the high key appearance.  I didn’t get many images of the male Northern Flicker because someone drove up from behind and the flicker got nervous and flew into a Russian Olive for cover so I didn’t have time to try different exposure settings while photographing the flicker.

I don’t often get close to Northern Flickers so I always appreciate each encounter with them where I can get close enough to get frame filling images of them. Northern Flickers are year round residents in much of the continental U.S..

Life is good.


P.S. The old Great Salt Lake Nature Center is going to be replaced and a new manager will be assigned when the new center is opened. I am excited by this change!


  1. Utahbooklover December 1, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Nice. Don’t see this shy bird very often but always a welcome sight when I do.

  2. Patricia A. McGoldrick December 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Beautiful! These flickers have been coming to our Ontario Canada yard in spring & fall for the last 4 or 5 years. Very industrious, they are as they peck away at the ground!

  3. Patty Chadwick December 1, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I don’t see these birds much anymore, so this is a real treat….

  4. Elephant's Child December 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm


  5. Lois Bryan December 1, 2015 at 8:55 am


  6. Bob Mcpherson December 1, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Beautiful photo Mia.

  7. Nancy Collins December 1, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Love it too Mia! Simple but yet complex with its coloring and feather patterns!

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