Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Flash of Red,,,,,,

Of all the birds in the yard the ones with red are my favorites.
Whether it is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.....

With that beautiful red V on his chest..

Or the bright red head of the Red-bellied Woodpecker
I am always looking for the 'flash of red'
But on this day when I was playing around with the
settings on my new camera.. I was trying to see if
I liked the red bright, vibrant, or just natural.....

I moved to another window to get a better shot of the Red
belly and saw a flash of red on a faraway tree....

I was just amazed and just started clicking away giving my
settings no thought at all...
I had not seen a Pileated Woodpecker in my yard but once
in 20 years.

He flew from the tree right into the yard and started to
hop around on the fresh cut stumps

I tried to tone down the vibrant red from the wrong camera
setting by reducing the saturation in picasa...but

That big beautiful head was about as bright red as it could get

No matter that the red was really red and green was
well..... really green, I was thrilled to get these pictures
of a coveted bird in my yard.

He hopped from stump to stump

not aware of me at the window....

Only in the Spring can you see these amazing things
right in your own back yard...

To God be the Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Angie said...

What a wonderful gift for you!! I keep looking for that bright red here at my house and have never seen the pileated. I know he lives here so I'll keep looking. Maybe one day... Excellent shots!

Marsha said...

How exciting is that! I too love the flashes of red but this season all I have is house finches. I'm hoping to see the grosbeaks soon.

I hope your woodpecker stays around now that he sees a plentiful food supply on the stumps.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW!!! These shots are stunning,especially since the PIleated is not a regular visitor for you.Way to go.

Bird Girl said...

What a thrill that must have been - to look out and see that brand new 'red' flash in your yard! And one that you've been waiting to see for a very long time!!! You did a great job in spite of the settings and that bird is a beauty!!! Yippee!!!

JKoenig said...

Neat pictures...and how excited you must have been. I hear the one around here regularly, but can't pick him out because of all of the leaves. The last couple of years he had a favorite dead branch that he always went to, but not this year.

However, you have given me an idea. I have a tree stump similar to yours in my front yard that I have been putting a planter on....maybe birdseed would be better.

Hope you have another colorful day!

jalynn01 said...

Thank you Angie for stopping by.. and for your kind comments.

Janice: I just wanted to tell you that the woodpecker came to the stumps to look for bugs probably. I don't think they eat corn & birdseed altho they do like suet I've heard.
Thank you for stopping by.

debbie said...

Great pics and luckty for you to see one.

We hear them all year as they're unmistakable if you know their sound, but actually see them infrequently. When we do see them it's most often at our suet. I got lucky enough to have two of them at the same time at two separate suets in the same tree. Tried getting pics but they were just a bit too far away and I grabbed the wrong camera! It just couldn't zoom in enough. That's since been corrected with a better camera!

Anonymous said...

I really like your photos and your Pileated Woodpecker makes me wish even more for one of them to come visit me in my backyard. They have been as close as just across the street feeding on worms in the old lady's tree out front. But none here.

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