213/365 Black cheeked Woodpecker Melanarpes pucherani


The drinking hole that the woodpecker was using seemed to be too tempting and has now had excavations on it and has been turned into a nesting hole! It was digging it out for at least five days and this is one of the moments where it was spitting out the saw dust it had been pecking out!

Black cheeked Woodpecker, Melanarpes pucherani, Costa Rica, December, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

213/365 Bcwoody

 

210/365 Black-cheeked Woodpecker Melanarpes pucherani


Second from today is a Black cheeked Woodpecker.  Im not sure how deep this hole in the tree goes but it isnt a nest hole.  I found out whilst photographing this woodpecker that it is full of water and that the birds drink from it.

Black cheeked Woodpecker, Melanarpes pucherani, Costa Rica, December, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

210/365 Black cheeked Woodpecker

209/365 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl


Whilst  I have got a fairly decent internet connection I thought I would share the  first of my Costa Rican species.  This bird is no bigger than your thumb and certainly flies extremely quickly.  In between rushed feeding sessions the hummingbirds perch quite regularly allowing for a quick photograph to be taken.  Due to the size of the bird I had to put my extension tube on to my lenses in order to fill the frame with this tiny individual.

Rufous tailed Hummingbird, Amazilia tzacatl, Costa Rica, December, 2013.
Canon 5DIII with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS and Canon 1.4x III and Canon 25mm extension tube.

209/365 Hummer

086/365 Robin in snow Erithacus rubecula


Todays image, number 086, is of a Robin in snow. I would love to see this on the front of a Christmas Card! 😉

Robin, Erithacus rubecula, Norfolk, December, 2010.
Canon 1d mkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

085/365 Rowan berries in winter


Image number 085 is a very wintery scene that I took in the severe winter of 2010-2011 when a friend and I visited Norfolk. I drove past this tree hoping to find some waxwings or other thrushes feeding from the berries but luck wasn’t with me. Instead, I took this wide angle shot with my 17-40mm to make the most of the opportunity.

Rowan berries in snow, Norfolk, December, 2010.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens.

084/365 Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus


Todays image, number 084, is of a Lapland Bunting.  This particular individual was photographed at a well known photography hotspot known as Salthouse, where during the winter months, small numbers of Lapland’s join forces with the more numerous Snow Buntings around the coastal pools here.

Lapland Bunting, Calcarius lapponicus, Salthouse, Norfolk, December, 2007.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

083/365 Flying Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis


Yesterdays image, number 083 is of a flying Fulmar.  The last fews pictures have been from the English county of Norfolk, so I tend to continue this theme with the next images. Fulmars are fantastic birds to watch especially over the sea, as they flide on their ‘stiff’ wings.

Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis, Norfolk, December, 2007.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.