They are clumsy, curious, and fly with the grace of a wet rag. Waiting in a tree near the feeders, the fledged Hairy Woodpecker vocalizes loudly while waiting for one of its parents to bring it food. Occasionally, it will swoop at the suet feeder, only to miss and tumble to the ground. After a week or two the fledgling begins to get the hang of it, learning how to land on the suet feeder and how to feed itself. It becomes more confident, graceful, and more aware of its surroundings.
Bird Photography: Hairy Woodpecker Fledgling
Over the last week or so, I photographed and captured video of the male and female fledged Hairy Woodpeckers shown below. Because of the cloudy and rainy weather that we’ve been having, I didn’t get as many photos as I would have liked. I missed many, many captures of the adult feeding the fledgling because lighting was poor. But having a few captures is much better than having none at all!
The following photos were taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click one of the thumbnails below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography | All Rights Reserved
Dimension: 560×480 | Video bit rate: 1000Kbps | length: 37 seconds
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Video: Hairy Woodpecker Fledgling | ©2011 John Briggs Photography