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Brown Creeper


Posted by ADKShooter on Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:25 am

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The Brown Creeper is an interesting little bird as it searches for food by spiraling around the trunk of a tree from bottom to top and then flying down to the base of another tree. It's nest is also odd in that it usually nests on an old or dying tree by wedging it's nest between the trunk and bark that is starting to pull away from the trunk. Once the young hatch it comes in to feed at the nest by slithering in under the loose bark.

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by Mary Brun on Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:33 pm
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A very particular behavior for this small specimen that blends well with the bark.
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by david fletcher on Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:38 pm
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Fabulous image Warren. Love the complimentary earth tones. Great info...
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by Ron Day on Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:56 pm
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A great shot of this constantly moving little speedster, Warren. Plus, I learned something new about their nesting behavior. Thanks.
 

by Moby Dick on Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:11 pm
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Pleasing pose and setting here.
 

by Carol Clarke on Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:57 pm
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A beautiful capture of this wonderfully camouflaged little species, Warren. The earthy colour palette is superbly handled and you even managed to get excellent detail of those amazing toes and claws that enable this little beauty to grip while creeping around the tree bark.

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by paul fletcher on Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:57 pm
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An excellent image, Warren, certainly showing great detail , especially the rear claw. Interesting patterns and colours on the tree trunk, as well.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:51 am
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One of the best I've seen of this species. They are constantly on the move! Great view of those long claws.
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by Mike Danzenbaker on Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:52 pm
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Beautiful photo of one of my favorite birds.

My experience is that I have to take a large number of photos of this bird to get a few good ones. They're perpetual motion machines, and so getting one in a good position with a good BG long enough to squeeze off a frame is the first challenge. Then you want some good tree/bark detail, also largely in focus. You've managed all of this in your photo.

Of course, it could be that you don't need to take 1000 photos to get a good one like I do :)
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by ADKShooter on Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:11 pm
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Mike Danzenbaker wrote:
Beautiful photo of one of my favorite birds.  

My experience is that I have to take a large number of photos of this bird to get a few good ones.  They're perpetual motion machines, and so getting one in a good position with a good BG long enough to squeeze off a frame is the first challenge.  Then you want some good tree/bark detail, also largely in focus.  You've managed all of this in your photo.  

Of course, it could be that you don't need to take 1000 photos to get a good one like I do :)


I wouldn't be so certain, lol.  It takes a lot of shots and anticipation to get this type of bird as well as some other small ones.  In this case, I was already on him in an adjacent tree and when I saw him go to the base of this tree. I just followed him up until he came into the area I wanted him and then I took a bunch of shots and got a few good ones.
 

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