Green Woodpecker by jamibann

Green Woodpecker

Nothing too special about this image, except that I've been trying to capture one of these guys for some time. I know from experience that to open a window or a door to get a good shot is a waste of time - they are gone by the time I get my hand on the handle. They sense movement - even from indoors! However, yesterday, I was sitting having lunch and I looked round to see two of them, two of them, hanging out on the cherry tree. I sat watching them, motionless, for ages, all the while thinking - 'is it worth going to get the camera?' Thinking that they'd be gone the second I moved. Anyway, they sat for a while, so I got up, stealthily, and grabbed my camera from another room, attached the zoom lens, sneaked back, crawled along the floor so they wouldn't see me ... and got this shot of one of them through the glass door in the lounge. It's not perfect, but I'm happy to at last get a shot that's not just a motion blur of him leaving the premises! And I believe it is a 'him' because of his red 'moustache'.
Wow! Definitely worth all the sneaking around for!! Fav :)
March 14th, 2017  
I sooooo get this. And what a beautiful bird, the likes of which I have never seen. Glad your mission succeeded.
March 14th, 2017  
Weldone !
March 14th, 2017  
Oh well done Issi! I have been trying to get a good shot of a green woodpecker for years! They are so skittish and are off at the first breath of movement! Normally I never see them at all but hear their call like mad laughter! Very jealous if this wonderful capture! Fav!
I also have a fabulous vision of you crawling across the floor with your camera! We have all been there! Lol!
March 14th, 2017  
Bep
Wow! Well done. No one in your house to take a photo of you crawling along the floor? ;-)
March 14th, 2017  
Haha....stealth camera work....essential sometimes :) Well done.
March 14th, 2017  
A green woodpecker!! Fabulous capture, Issi! It's so frustrating when they fly off just when you have them fixed in your viewfinder. Love your narrative. :-)
March 14th, 2017  
As perfect a composition as I can imagine. The colors bring it all together and the bird is framed so well by the other natural elements. I think it's quite special.
March 14th, 2017  
Handsome fellow! and wonderful narrative!!
March 14th, 2017  
Beautiful bird, superb capture
March 14th, 2017  
I have only seen a woodpecker once in our garden, some years ago so I don't think I will have much luck trying to get a photograph. I also don't hold out much luck getting a shot of you crawling on the floor
March 14th, 2017  
Yes I know the feeling! Well done and a great story too!
March 14th, 2017  
I hear them often but rarely see them =- Fav
March 14th, 2017  
Lovely Fav
March 14th, 2017  
I understand completely. Very nicely captured too.
March 14th, 2017  
Nice clear details.
March 14th, 2017  
Oh wow I have never seen this type of woodpecker before, what a lovely shot Issi!
March 14th, 2017  
Wow how beautiful fav
March 15th, 2017  
They are such beautiful birds. A great capture.
March 15th, 2017  
fabulous capture, fav
March 15th, 2017  
Well done ISSI, patience usually pays off in the end.
March 17th, 2017  
@gijsje Fortunately NOT, Bep!
March 18th, 2017  
I fully understand as well, and I've never seen one of these. Fabulous shot.
March 24th, 2017  
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