Female Northern Flicker (red-shafted) on Burnaby Mountain

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Northern Flicker, “red-shafted” (female) | Pic flamboyant, “forme rosée” | Colaptes auratus cafer: I was looking for an owl on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby (British Columbia), Canada; instead, I heard a Pileated Woodpecker and saw a couple of other interesting birds, including this female Northern Flicker. Unfortunately, I never did end up finding the owl, a locally rare Great Gray Owl (although I did get a good, if brief, look at it from the window of our car as it sat calmly on a branch, in front of at least 20 huge telephoto lenses).

Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 640 | 400mm | f/5.6 | 1/1000), cropped for composition. Not baited, called in or set up.

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