It must be the suet I put out there, we have many Flickers come to the backyard this year. The feeding scene is no longer new since I spotted last year. Young Flickers perched on the tree trunk for naps is my first sight.
Aside from technical aspect, bird photography puts me in training for my patience and persistence. I heard Flicker’s calls and saw them flying by for years without taking a good picture. Credited to a ‘woodpecker delight’ suet I randomly picked up at the store which suddenly becomes a hit, my backyard has been busy. Flickers came numerous times a day this summer, and they seemed to become less intimidated by the people around.
At first, I love how they hang (bashfully) on the tree trunk, half hidden. Later I was thrilled to see them come to drink the water (getting closer to my camera). I am no bird expert, but a bird with his mouth wide open tells he is waiting to be fed, a newbie. Thinking ‘patience’, I waited and waited, and was able to capture the feeding scene. However, not until I looked at the picture carefully, I did not realize that Dad was doing the feeding.
FYI. Flicker male has a red mark under his chin.