Monday, March 1, 2010

Downy Woodpecker

Saturday, February 27th. 2010, my husband and I went on our first birding field trip with the Southwest Idaho Birders Association. We met at 8am at the Marsing Island Bridge. This was an all day trip to Malheur County, Oregon and the Owyhee River. I will be writing more on this trip, but for now I will just post a few of my favorite photos from the day.

Near the Owyhee Dam, a pair of Downy woodpeckers was spotted among the Mullein plants, near the water of the Owyhee reservoir. This was my first time seeing one of these beautiful little woodpeckers in the wild, and it was quite a thrill. I was able to get pretty close to the male to take these images. The female was a little more flighty and I only got her from further away.

These few images are of the male. The male has a red patch on the back of its head, as you can see in these photos. Enjoy...

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Birding is Fun! said...

Nice shots! I'd love to attend more of the SWIBA and GEAS field trips, but just crunched for time. A big part of the reason I go birding is because I feel like it helps me more deeply appreciate God's wonderful creations. I wouldn't leave it up to chance that these birds are just so beautiful.

Kathleen said...

Thanks, Robert! My birding has the same motivation and my photography is all about capturing the wonder of God's awesome creations. Hope to see you at a field trip sometime. Happy birding!


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