Thursday, April 16, 2009
Flicker No. 1 of 2009
NORTHERN FLICKER, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, APRIL 12, 2009
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
1/180 sec. f6.7
This is the first shot I've ever captured of a northern flicker, a variety common on the prairie but rarish in the Chicago suburbs. The bird books say it can peck wood like the woodpecker it is, but that it prefers to hop over the ground looking for ants to hoover up through its long bill.