Kids are fun!
The Eastside in August is usually pretty darn quiet when it comes to wildlife as I’ve mentioned. Our property even is getting quiet with many of the adult birds heading out leaving us to babysit their kid. One kid that’s a lot of fun to watch is the male White-headed Woodpecker. He’s just learning his way around the feeders and as such, he’s not sure if he should stand his ground at the suet against the Steller Jay kids and Clark’s Nutcracker kids. Being the smaller of the three, our little woodpecker doesn’t yield very often to these bigger birds.
He’s 5th or 6th generation White-headed to come to our feeders as kids. It’s pretty darn habituated, doesn’t even look at the dogs when they walk a couple of feet underneath him. So my sticking my head out the window with a 200-400VR pointed at him didn’t phase him a bit. I had flash already to go but when I saw the way the background seemed to envelope him, I decided that brightening his head wasn’t worth it. I have programmed the Function Button on my bodies so they disengage the flash which makes turning it off very easy.
Photo captured by D3x, 200-400VR on Lexar UDMA digital film