Female Northern Flicker (red-shafted) on Burnaby Mountain


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.


Downy Woodpecker (with a few colourful leaves!)


Downy Woodpecker (male) | Pic mineur | Picoides pubescens: I was lucky enough to get a couple of good photos of this bird with a few colourful leaves on October 29, 2015, a few steps away from Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (ISO 1600 | 300mm | f/5.6 | 1/400, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.