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Old May 4, 2007, 8:08 AM   #1
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Great way to start my day off - I heard a familiar tap-tap-tap this morning and saw this Yellow-Shafted Flicker busy in a nearby tree that will be taken down later this Spring. The tree was struck by lightning a few years ago and now the trunk that was hit is rotting and attracting ants, and the ants are attracting Flickers.

Shot with my trusty FZ20 at full 12x zoom. The photo has been cropped from a much larger image but the definition & quality is still good enough to show you how beautiful these birds are. You can see the two holes the Flicker has made. Already such a busy boy so early in the morning.

Even though I love my Nikon D50, I'll always keep my Panasonic FZ20 - it's such a great camera, very handy to have around!
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Old May 4, 2007, 9:29 AM   #2
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Very nice capture Doug. Nice looking bird too.

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Old May 4, 2007, 5:44 PM   #3
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Nice shot. This tree must be fairly close to you as your cropping did not affect quality much or at all. By the way, your boy is really a girl as there is no mustache. Link below shows a pair.
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Old May 4, 2007, 5:57 PM   #4
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...your boy is really a girl as there is no mustache
Oops! Thanks for that!

I'm hoping it'll be back tomorrow so I can get more shots. It was on the tree for about three hours - and the top hole you see in the image ended up about 3" wide.
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Nice shot. Bit of chromatic aberration in the light background. To be expected I suppose.
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You have some very nice birds over there, good shot Doug.

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