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Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus by amontanaview

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Northern Flicker on an Aspen tree after a rain shower. In the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, USA.

The Northern Flicker is a primary cavity nester – capable of excavating their own nest sites with their powerful beak. There are many cavity nesting species, but most cannot excavate their own nest cavities and are known as secondary cavity-nesters. The Northern Flicker excavates a new nest site every year. It prefers to use softer woods such as decaying cottonwoods. When the cavities are abandoned, other species move in.

Canon EOS 40D, 1/250/s, f/5.6, ISO: 800, 300mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

One of the top ten photos in March Image of the Day Winners Challenge
March 26, 2012

Proud to be Feature Photo of the day, 3/20/2012

Featured 2012

Featured Dec 2011

Featured Dec 18, 2011

Featured in the Birds, Nov 2010

Featured in the Montana Group, June 2010.

In the top ten of this challenge, October 2010.

October 2010

October 2010

October 2010


  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture Merle with great clarity, light and DOF. So well done !

  • amontanaview
    amontanaviewover 4 years ago

    Thanks Gisela. I was hoping to get more water on the leaves, but I am happy with it.

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 4 years ago

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, so very well done ! 6/1/10

  • amontanaview
    amontanaviewover 4 years ago

    Gisela! Thank you! I never imagined. I am thrilled at this “featuring” of my flicker photo.

  • Borror
    Borrorover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture . Congrats on your feature .

  • Thank you! I looked quickly at your work. I love the bears. I will be spending more time tomorrow. I sure am enjoying Red Bubble.

    – amontanaview

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayover 4 years ago

    This is wonderful! It’s so very clear and close up.

  • Thanks Donna. It was a flicker in my yard that I had been watching. Usually they are so skittish but this one cooperated for my photo. I am grateful. They are plentiful here, but difficult to photograph and I think especially beautiful.

    – amontanaview

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 4 years ago

    We need you challenge entry HERE Please?

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    Challenge Out On A Limb placement in the Top Ten! Congrats!

  • Barbara, thank you very much!!! I love this group. Thanks for making it as wonderful and dynamic a group as it is.

    – amontanaview

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago
  • Thank you Joycelone! I am so happy about this feature.

    – amontanaview

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