Changes…

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Dear reader… now that I have your attention thanks to this lovely Northern Flicker, I have a few changes to announce: After much reflection, I have decided that, although you will definitely continue seeing posts on this blog relatively regularly, they will be far less frequent than before. But fear not! When I have a longer story to tell or photo album to publish, you will see it here first!

From now own, most single photos will be posted to my Facebook photography page or my Instagram account. I would therefore strongly urge you to “like” one (or both!) of these to stay informed about my latest photos. And I am also working on setting up my own website over the summer and hope to be ready to launch it in earnest by the end of the summer. So… I look forward to continue interacting with you here, on my future website or on Facebook/Instagram:

Northern Flicker (female) | Pic flamboyant | Colaptes auratus cafer: Taken May 21, 2016, in Ambleside Park, West Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 800 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/500), cropped for composition. Not baited, called in or set up.

“Red-shafted” Northern Flicker (male) in Jericho Park

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Northern Flicker, “red-shafted” (male) | Pic flamboyant, “forme rosée” | Colaptes auratus cafer: This beautiful male was feeding on one of the lawn areas of Jericho Park in Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada. Taken on April 16, 2016, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 400 | 500mm | f/6.3 | 1/1600, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.

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.

Northern Flicker (female “red-shafted”)

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Northern Flicker (female “red-shafted”) | Pic flamboyant | Colaptes auratus cafer: Taken on January 23, 2016, in West Vancouver’s Cedardale Neighbourhood (British Columbia), Canada, with a handheld Nikon D5200 and AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR (ISO 800 | 500mm | f/5.6 | 1/640, cropped for composition). Not baited, called in or set up.