In a perfect world, all of my bird photos would look like the one featured above: In a natural setting, with a perfectly focused eye, good feather details, vibrant colours and an almost perfectly uniform background (and even this photo was only achieved with some serious cropping and other minor magical computer tweaking).
In reality, I never know when (and especially where) I will be able to capture that great, up-close shot of a colourful subject. The following three photos of Northern Flickers are a case in point. The first two of a male were taken from a sidewalk not far from my home in North Vancouver. As you may tell from the photo, the bird was next to the curb of the road, on a patch of grass that had seen better days. The third photo of a female was taken on the lawn of a housing complex in Whistler, next to a driveway’s small stone wall.
Although these three photos are laking in many ways, I thought the birds were captured vividly enough that they deserved to be displayed on my blog: