Red-breasted Nuthatch on a chilly November morning, Stansbury Mountains, West Desert, Tooele County, UtahRed-breasted Nuthatch on a chilly November morning – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 800, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’m still trying to get my dream images of Brown Creepers and although I haven’t gotten the photos that I want of that species I am adding to my Red-breasted Nuthatch portfolio while attempting to photograph one of my nemesis birds.

Most of the mornings I have spent hoping for the Brown Creepers to be in my viewfinder have been chilly but not completely birdless, I’ve had chickadees, turkeys, juncos, robins, solitaires, and nuthatches to photograph.

Besides, I love sitting in the quiet, watching the birds moving about, being away from the news, while immersed in nature. It is good for me. I slow down. I relax. I pay attention to what is around me.

If I get a single image, like this foraging Red-breasted Nuthatch feeding on the seeds of a Douglas Fir tree, I am happy.

Life is good.