Saturday, July 17, 2010

(Day 197) The real thing

Friday July 16, 2010

You may (or not) remember me mentioning that one of my daughters, who is a community nurse, took up bird carving as a hobby over a year ago after a chance encounter with a former carving instructor. One of the carvings she completed last year was of a pair of white-breasted nuthatches. Today, on our last day at the cottage, she ran up to me excitedly to tell me she had just spotted the real thing in a large cedar tree back up the hill from the beach. I took off after her with my camera but the little fellow had disappeared. We searched for a while but found none.

I went back down the trail still looking up into the trees. Now I could hear chirping but it sounded like chickadees. I stopped and watched a while longer and thought I could see some movement of a bird coming headfirst down a tree. I'd never seen one before but my daughter had described this behaviour. The lighting was rather poor under the trees and the bird was flitting this way and that - I just kept firing away at it and finally managed to 'capture' it. Another memory made, and a fitting close to a wonderful family vacation.

(70-200mm  f5.6  1/320 sec  ISO400)

14 comments:

chasity said...

the nuthatches around here sound like they are laughing....maybe they are laughing at us trying to get a picture of them!
so glad you were finally rewarded with this sighting! :)

Scott said...

That is a fitting close indeed. I hope you had a great vacation and got lots of lovely shots to share.

imac said...

Grand capture Rick.


I know you are a busy chappie, but wondered if you would like to join our Headbanger group Rick?? we have 1 new member and looking for a 2nd.

M. Hassan said...

An awesome bird and a lovely experience shared with your daughter.

darlin said...

I'm not sure what I enjoy more about this post, the story behind the photo or the photo itself! Both are wonderful Rick!

Rick said...

@chasity - ha ha - I think you're right Chas - I had to shoot quite a few to get this one, they were moving so quickly!

Rick said...

@Scott - thanks Scott; yes, it was great spending a week with the extended family, some of whom we don't see that often. And lots of shots to share with them too!

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac, and thanks for the invite - can you give me a little more info or point me to it ?

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - thank you M - it was a real thrill - for both of us!

Rick said...

@darlin - thank you; my daughter has always wanted me to get a shot of one - mission accomplished!

Julia said...

That was a very cool shot, but with carving the artist is allowed to cheat and make it look like perfection!

Rick said...

@Julia - thanks Julia; your birds were awesome!

Katherine said...

Rick what a wonderful story... I'm so glad your daughter spotted the bird and that the bird was kind enough to stick around for a bit... great photo.

Rick said...

@Katherine - we had both looked for a while (I think her eyesight is better ;-)

Thanks!