When a mystery writer puts aside his pen and picks up a camera
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH (SITTA CAROLIENSIS), EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, OCTOBER 31, 2010
SMC Pentax-F* 300mm f4.5 ED (IF)
1/500 sec. f9.5
Most of the birds that visit my backyard bird squirrel feeder are ordinary sparrows, but once in a while a nuthatch hangs out with them, figuring their presence will help protect it from predators. Nuthatches are active, agile and noisy birds, and typically perch heads down, their long, long claws gripping for dear life.
Every day, the weather gods and the photography angels willing, a new photograph will be posted here. Some will be from my archive of nature photographs, taken both from my backyard deck in Evanston, Illinois, and on the shore of Lake Superior in Upper Michigan. From time to time I'll sneak in a shot or two taken while indulging in my other passions, railfanning and small-plane aviating.