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_MG_4211 Downy Woodpecker

_MG_4211 Downy Woodpecker

One of the few pictures of birds at my deck feeders NOT taken through my windows or sliding door. This little bird looked almost as though it were in a trance. It clung there, beak agape for minutes, not moving. I decided to see what would happen if I opened the sliding door and went outside with my camera. It still did not move. I was able to get within about eight feet of it before it took off. (EXIF says Focus Distance was 3.83 meter, but I feel I was closer, and I'll bet that has something to do with the 1.6X crop factor)

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Canon EOS 7D
1/400s f/4.0 at 300.0mm iso500 full exif

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Rachel Pennington16-Jan-2011 02:39
Wonder what on earth she was doing? Beautiful shot. I love these little Downys. They are so vocal and plentiful. :)
Guest 10-Jan-2011 21:44
Nice capture. We have lots of them here too. This one is a female.
heather10-Jan-2011 19:13
How wonderful to be able to get so close. Lovely capture Isabel. V
Ann10-Jan-2011 18:55
We had one that did the same thing - "froze" on the feeder for about 10 minutes - when I opened the window he flew off. Great shot!
Judith Barnett10-Jan-2011 17:21
I think sometimes they freeze in fear hoping they will not be seen.
Randy10-Jan-2011 16:05
Beautiful little girl. I can't believe she let you get so close.