Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Tuesday - Fuzzy woodpecker flight shot

It's a quiet grey morning here. Not rain grey, unfortunately, just grey. Mockingbirds and house finches are singing, doves are cooing, and I can hear three Gambrel's Quail calling back and forth to each other from nearby trees.

I went outside to try out a Canon PowerShot S2 IS camera and took these photos at full 12X zoom. This pair of Gila Woodpeckers were in the mesquite tree by the old play-yard.

I was concentrating on the male in the center of the photo when the female took off. I swung around and managed to get her just at the edge of the frame. It's fuzzy, but I was moving pretty quickly.

The enlargement's even fuzzier of course, but I thought it was worth posting because it shows a different flight perspective from the one I posted yesterday.


Sonia said...

Love this photo, Pam. It's much difficult to photograph birds, principally his flying! Well done!

Endment said...

What fun!!!
I have a Canon PowerShot S2 IS (as well as a couple of other cameras.) I have just put on a 1.5x TC-DC58B Tele-converter - I am quite happy with the additional power --- it gives just a bit of boost to get some close but not quite close enough shots. Seems like the not quite close enough is the rule with trying to photograph birds.

Good work on capturing a very difficult shot

Pam in Tucson said...

Hi sonia! Great to hear from you. How are things in Brazil? I often think of you enjoying your beautiful home at Enseada Azul. Thanks for writing!

endment - Thanks so much for your opinion about the Tele-converter, which I'm considering getting next. I'm sure I'll never get "close enough" but the extra power will certainly help. I love these woodpeckers, but they tease me by getting close at the most inconvenient times. A cactus wren just hopped on the windowsill and looked in at me. I have to be very still when he comes by, which is quite often, or he's off like a rocket. No modelling for him!

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

:-) I am glad that you are trying your wings.

chiefbiscuit said...

What beautiful photos - so glad to have popped over here from Cynthia's blog!!