Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) at UBC Vancouver


Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) / Pic flamboyant (forme rosée) / Colaptes auratus cafer: I frequently see these birds on UBC’s Point Grey campus, but rarely as well as this occasion. A small flock of males and females seemed to be quite busy eating the insects they could find under the moss and bark of various tree, not far from the Museum of Anthropology. Taken on February 16, 2015 with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Not baited, called in or set up.

  • Top: Female cleaning her bill (ISO 800, 300mm, f/11, 1/500)
  • Bellow: Foraging male (ISO 800, 300mm, f/11, 1/500)



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