Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Red-Shafted Flicker

Click on image to enlarge - © 2009 jim otterstrom

Red-Shafted Flickers are the most common woodpecker in our area, and, to me, one of the most gracefully formed & beautifully marked birds of all. They are year 'round residents here.

I took the photo this image is made from back in mid-December, re-discovering it last night while Peggy and I were going through some photo files.

I played with it in Photoshop a bit to come up with this etching-like image.

This male Flicker is on a branch in a small Jeffrey Pine just above the naturally formed bird-bath in our giant boulder.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Malcolm said...

Just such a beautiful image - thanks for sharing.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

The flickers are my favorite. We have three resident in our woods and I love the way they peak in and out of the old snags.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Wonderful shot
Beautiful Bird
Really enjoy your post

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Pablo said...

We have the yellow-shafted variety in my forest, but they don't stick around for winter.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous DennisP said...

Nice image! I like the way you artistically enhanced the original. We have yellow-shafted flickers in summer. Our winter woodpecker is the Pileated. Big beautiful birds that can really do a number on decaying, insect-ridden trees, leaving a large pile of big chips beneath them. They have even been coming to our feeding station. Never see that before!

1:47 PM  
Blogger David said...

always nice to see you and Dallas out walking.... how is peggy?

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ar lovin yor pictires bubby

3:24 PM  
Blogger gfid said...

it would be a dreary world without birds. the juncos are back, here.... a sure sign of impending spring!

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. how i admire you - how i envy you ;-) you two are a beautiful couple and your pictures are simply awsome!snow dog made me smile, scratch his belly for me would you

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jim and Peg, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. Love you tons, Cheri

9:50 AM  
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