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on Dec 26, 2008 in Wildlife Photography

The Day did Anything but Creep by

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It was a whirlwind of a day today dealing with snow, end of the year sales, stuff! As I buzzed from one thing to another I noticed Jake setting up his 600mm out the corner door. I looked over to see our friendly neighborhood Brown Creeper was busily working the tree in front of his lens. They disappeared from the yard for a long time this year and than came back in big numbers about a month ago, but I hadn’t made time to work them.

While Jake was playing with one of his xmas games, I decided to take a short break and set up my 600mm to see if I would get lucky. Sure enough, a creeper stopped by. Well, actually came up the tree and stopped for only a moment to grab a seed and than keep moving up. Creepers start at the bottom of a tree and move their way up as they search for food, their long bills probing the cracks of the bark inch by inch. They are a really cool bird that is smaller than a mouse and just about as secretive.

Hope you’re able to get out this weekend and find a secret in your viewfinder!

Photo captured by D3, 600VR w/TC-14e on Lexar UDMA digital film.