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on Dec 15, 2008 in Wildlife Photography

Not Sure Who's More Frozen

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I asked for the snow to pile on and thankfully, it waited until I got home to just that. We’ve received two much needed feet of snow just today. Those who have been to our office know that for this view, I have to open up our big slider to shoot out. Sharon’s desk is right there so during the snow storms, Sharon has a blanket on her lap and a heater trying to overpower the cold coming in the door (the thermometer at her desk said 38). The Hairy Woodpecker was frozen still because of a Cooper’s that flew in and perched about 20′ away.

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I take advantage of the darker light to work on recoding the “pecking” of a woodpecker. This is a very tame Red-shafted Flicker that is not even bothered by our presence. Shooting at 1/15 at f/8 and using a SB-900, I try to blur while freeze the feeding motion. Getting closer, still not there though.

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And in case you’ve never witnessed a Sierra snow storm, this is what it looks like when you receive two feet of snow in less than ten hours. Ain’t it gorgeous!

Photos captured by D3, 600VR w/TC-14e / 24-70AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film