Sarita Yeola  

Northern Flicker by Sarita Yeola

July 2021 - Northern Flicker

About the Image(s)

Northern Flicker: This picture of Northern Flicker was taken along the Boulder creek path in Boulder, CO in June. The flicker landed on the grassy area on the side by the path as I was taking my morning walk, It didn't seemed to be bothered by all the pedestrians and bicyclist commuting on the path. It was busy finding its meal by using its legs to dig in the grass. This was one of my favorite shots from the many that the flicker allowed me to take. I cropped the image in LR and used Topaz DeNoise to reduce noise.

Nikon D500: 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1000s, ISO Auto

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7 comments posted

Donald Dunn   Donald Dunn
Good capture. Might have tried to do something with the left leg and claws.   Posted: 07/07/2021 12:42:34
Christine Walas   Christine Walas
Another picture perfect photograph!
Excellent job!
I like the fact that you can tell
that he's walking through the grass with a

  Posted: 07/08/2021 15:55:15

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Sarita Great action shot of this beautiful bird! I've not had the pleasure of seeing this particular woodpecker in Florida. Ive captured, Downy, Pileated, and Red headed and enjoyed them all. It would have been great to get one on a tree, but this does not take away from the quality of this image. He is well captured, crisp and clean and superb eye with a catchlight. Suspect he was searching for insects.....Nice job!   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:44:40
Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Hi Sherry, thank you for your comments. I have seen the northern flickers resting on high tree tops but have always seen them look for insects on the ground. Hopefully one day can share one in action on a tree top.   Posted: 07/28/2021 16:14:07

Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
So envious of this excellent shot! I love flickers but haven't had many opportunities to photograph them.

Tack sharp and beautiful colors....   Posted: 07/18/2021 14:39:12

Judy Haran   Judy Haran
This is beautiful and crisp and clear. I have never seen one in person. Your shutter speed was perfect for getting this walking bird in such sharp focus. Do you shoot in high speed burst? I find it helps but sometimes the shutter noise of the D500 scares the birds off.   Posted: 07/28/2021 15:27:23
Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Thank you Judy. This was in continuous mode with me capturing two or three frames. I agree the shutter is loud and many a times I have had birds look back at me probably thinking what is that. But this flicker continued with its search. I am not sure if it was because my shutter noise was masked by the gushing Boulder creek or this bird was not bothered by the sound.   Posted: 07/28/2021 16:08:51