Sunday, April 21, 2013

Northern Flicker/Birding

Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus)

I was walking along an abandoned road  looking for birds when this northern flicker suddenly flew up from the ground into this tree.

Foraging for insects

Although it's a member of the woodpecker family, they spend a lot of time on the ground. 

Rear view


I am linking with I'd Rather B Birdin'  HERE.

35 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

What a beautifully coloured bright eyed bird!

Andy said...

Nice find His colours and markings make for great camouflage.

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

He/she sure is beautiful.

I saw one in my yard last year, but the color was much darker, and didn't see the front of this bird either.

Indrani said...

Wow! Viewed from so many angles. You got fantastic captures.

Sandra said...

love those polka dots and the red flash on the back of his head. beautiful

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

what a gorgeous bird. ( :

eileeninmd said...

Pretty shots of the Flicker, they are beautiful birds.

Muffy's Marks said...

Handsome bird!!

lindaakacraftygardener said...

lovely flicker photos ... haven't seen one yet this year

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, what a beautiful bird.

Jill said...

Wow! The details of this bird just jump off of the page. Beautiful!

Jeanne said...

your shots of this bird are wonderful, and what a great looking bird this is

TexWisGirl said...

wonderful! i love how their spots almost 'float' on their chests.

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello!
As always, fantastic images.
Birds are beautiful.
I send greetings.
Lucia

Susan said...

I am always amazed at how beautiful nature is. What a pretty bird and I'm always amazed at your photography!

Judy said...

I don't think I have ever seen one... pretty fellow, though!!

Judy said...

Great shots! They really are beautiful birds!

Sue said...

I must sound like a broken record, but you do get the most amazing shots!

=)

Kerri said...

Absolutely stunning! and that "rear view" shows a little "heart" :)

Lowell said...

Don't think you'd find this beauty down here. That first shot is superb! And it's a beautiful bird. Kudos to you!

Stephanie said...

Wow! Such a pretty looking bird, love its markings and the red on the back of his head.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Very pretty markings on the flicker. Love the little red heart on the back of his head. I don't think I've ever seen one of these.

Kay said...

That first shot is a real show-stopper! Great series! I love these birds. We get many of them around here. They have a distinctive flight; almost flying in a scallop pattern.

RedPat said...

Great shots! Love the polka dot feathers!

LONDONLULU said...

Such a sweet beautiful bird, and I love the clarity of these shots! I would love to see something like this here (also beautiful crocuses in your garden from previous post - Spring!)

Randy said...

What a beautiful specimen.

Cezar and Léia said...

This bird is adorable and you got lovely portraits!
Léia

Deanna said...

What a wonderful capture of a beautiful bird!!

edenhills said...

Beautiful bird!

Karen said...

Ohhh, what a great find! That first shot is awesome !

Jill akaSHE said...

What a fantastic shot of such a pretty bird! I've never seen one around here.

Small City Scenes said...

Or they spend a lot of time trying to get suet out of our suet feeders. We let them and they look so big as they almost wrap themselves around the feeder. They do love the apples in the fall though and then we don't like them as much. LOL MB

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

He is such a beauty! I'd love to see one some day. :)

kelley jensen said...

I love your shot, we have northern flickers here in the spring. I love watching them "flit" from spot to spot.

Rose said...

Fantastic pictures of the Northern Flicker...

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