Marilyn over at Serendipity, a wonderful photographer and blogger whom I have learned so much from, has invited me to participate in The Seven Day Nature Photo Challenge. To take part in the challenge I’m supposed to post one photo per day for seven days. The subject can be anything from the natural world. I can nominate someone each day to participate, but do not like to impose on my fellow bloggers without asking first. If you would like to join in please let me know!
I developed an interest in photography only after I started blogging 2 years ago. I have always loved nature and especially bird watching, but taking pictures has taken it to a whole new level. I don’t use binoculars to bird watch, instead using my zoom lens when I spot a bird in the sky or in a tree.
This is a Red Bellied Woodpecker. When I hear their distinct call that I have come to recognize, I always look up at the trunk of the surrounding trees. I spotted this one last week. He worked his way around the tree searching for food hiding in bark crevices. A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices.
Here you can listen to the call that always alerts me to their presence nearby