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Northern Flicker  /  Pic flamboyant   by Yannik Hay

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  • 4th placement in the Top Ten Alphabet Legs – Creatures Beginning with ‘N’ challenge in the Nature Photography Challenge group on the 2010-09-19
  • Featured in Woodpeckers Worldwide on 2012-05-28

Although it is absent from Quebec during the winter, the Northern Flicker can be found throughout North America. It nests in scattered forests, on the edges of felled forest areas and in rural or suburban gardens where it feeds essentially on ants, which make up close to 50 % of its summer diet. Fruits and seeds complete its diet in the fall.

The very active male drums resoundingly on trees, posts and houses to mark out its territory, while the female is a prolific layer of eggs. There have been reports of 71 eggs laid in 73 days. Having been massively hunted, the Northern Flicker is now a protected species, despite the presence of the starling, its reputed enemy, with which it competes for food and nesting areas. The length of the Northern Flicker is 31 to 55 cm. ref: John James Audubon, The Birds of America

Location: Marsh (Marais des Laîches), Gatineau, Canada.
Date: 2010-04-24
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
ISO: 800
Shutter speed priority: 1/1600 sec.
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x extender@400mm


bird, flamboyant, flicker, marsh, nature, northern, wildlife

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much tcat :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture Yan….. love viewing his feathers and “top hat” so closely…..
    A great find!!!!

  • Hello dear Brenda, they were the couple but I could only capture this one. They surprised me as I guess I surprised them :) They were on the ground and then they flew to the tree.
    They like to pic in the ground for insects.
    Thank you very much for your great comment. All the best :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

  • THank you very much for acceepting my work in you group! All the best :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Yan

  • Thank you so much dear Trudi, take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonover 4 years ago

    Delightful capture!

  • many thx dear Duncan, have a great day!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Wolfdocter
    Wolfdocterover 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot!

  • I’m very pleased that you like it! Thx so much for the great comment and your support :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Brendan Schoon
    Brendan Schoonover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Thank you very much for your great comment and continuous support, Brendan. Have a great day!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 2 years ago

    Great shot Yannik. I love the deep colors!

    Featured May 27, 2012

  • Hi Barb, thanks so much for the feature and the compliment. All the best :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

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