Northern Flicker (a.k.a. Yellow Shafted Flicker)

Discussion in 'Nature' started by roundball, May 27, 2015.

  1. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    I keep a water pail out at the edge of the back yard / woods line shade for the deer during hot weather months. Caught a few shots of this big Northern Flicker getting a drink from it today.
    Kind of a comic reversal…I set up a bird bath a couple weeks ago and haven’t seen a bird use it yet…but the deer drink out of it every night...no bending down for them I guess.
    And here I have this Flicker drinking out of the Deer’s water pail, LOL.
    Canon FDn 300/4.0 on NEX-7



    LANDS ON DEER’s WATER PAIL




    REACHES DOWN IN FOR A DRINK




    TILTS HEAD UP HIGH TO SWALLOW




    ZEROS IN ON LOUD NEX-7 SHUTTER NOISE

     
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  2. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 17, 2015
    You certainly have a wide variety of birds back there.
    The birds in our backyard have taken a liking to taking a dust bath in the dirt where our yard used to be before the drought, and then taking a bath in the bird bath. The water turns to mud then. The birds are mostly brown colored so they don't know they're dirty.
     
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  3. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Really blessed to have the back yard right up against woods like it is...basically pretty much our whole range of wildlife is in and out of the back yard at some time or another...scores of differs birds, Hawks, foxes, raccoons, deer, etc...in essence it's an outdoor photo studio
     
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